History The area that would come to include our community was originally inhabited by American Alibamu and Creek Indians. It was later settled around 1850 by families who initially came to harvest pine timber. First known as Poplar Head, the population of the town waned during the Civil War but then flourished during Reconstruction with the coming of the Pony Express. In 1885, the town (which was by then the largest in Houston County) was incorporated as "Dothan," which was taken from a reference in the Biblical passage of Genesis 37:17 that reads, "...for I heard them say, 'Let us go to Dothan.'"
In 1889, Dothan outbid other towns for the first railroad in the region. The railroad brought long-lasting growth and prosperity to the community, resulting in the permanent establishment of a larger population.
Climate. Dothan has a climate ideal for comfortable living all year-long. Temperatures range from an average high of 61 degrees Fahrenheit in January to an average high of 91 degrees in July. Average annual rainfall is 55.5 inches.
Worship. As diverse are the variety of people within this community, so are the forms of worship. Dothan is the home of more than 140 worship centers, providing various choices of faith.
Amenities. The city of Dothan offers 17 elementary/middle schools and three high schools. The county has another 10 schools available. There are also seven private/parochial schools in the area. In addition, Dothan is home to Wallace College and Troy State University - Dothan. The main campus of Troy State University is less than an hour away. Dothan offers four hospitals, two immediate-care facilities, outpatient surgery clinics, mental health centers, rehabilitation facilities and centers for the sensory-impaired.
Recreational Activities. Residents and visitors have a wide variety of recreational choices such as hunting and fishing. For those seeking some fun on the water, Walter F. George Reservoir - better known as Lake Eufaula - is less than an hour north of Dothan. It features 45,000 acres of water with 640 miles of shoreline. This lake is called the "Big Bass Capital of the World" for good reason. Largemouth, hybrid and spotted bass are common area, but they're only the beginning of the story. You'll also find crappie, bream and catfish within these waters. Around the extensive shoreline, you can make use of full-service marinas, boat launches and on-water gas pumps. If you prefer saltwater retreats, the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are a quick two-hour drive away.
Strong area recreation departments oversee 19 parks, a local water park, four public outdoor swimming pools, an indoor pool, 47 public tennis courts, a five-diamond softball complex, two state-of-the-art baseball complexes, and many additional fields for local organized sports.
Dothan also boasts six golf courses, including one of the stops on Alabama's Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.
Want to see a more diverse array of nature's beauty? Check out the Dothan Area Botanical Gardens.