Article title: A Brief History of Dothan, Alabama
Located in the Wiregrass Region of Alabama, Dothan is a small but thriving city with a rich history and even more promising future. Originally known as Poplar Head when it was founded in 1814 as a trading community, its growth was slow but sure. The trading hub only consisted of nine families when the Civil War broke out in 1861, but industries like turpentine and timber began to move into the territory soon after, bringing more settlers to the community. The now flourishing settlement finally became an official town, and took on the new name Dothan, on November 10, 1885.
A short four years later, Dothan was thrown into chaos by a violent riot, brought on by protests about a recently passed farming tax. 'The Dothan Riot', as it would later be known, caused three deaths and created tension between the townspeople and local farmers. The bitterness between these two groups only began to dissipate when the Alabama Midland Railroad was built, connecting Dothan with the state capital and causing the town to grow into a economic hub. Its biggest industry, however, was thanks to Dr. George Washington Carver, the scientist who discovered more than 300 uses for peanuts. The soil of the Wiregrass Region was perfect for growing peanuts, and Dothan quickly took up this profitable industry. 'The Peanut Capital of the World' is so in love with these legumes that the National Peanut Festival is held here every fall.
Today, Dothan is home to just under 70,000 residents, as well as several historical sites and parks. The natural spring that originally attracted settlers to the area can be found in Poplar Head Park, along with several beautiful murals and fountains. Other popular spots include the Wiregrass Museum of Art, the Dogwood and Azalea Trail, and the site of the Battle of Newton.