The Naming of Dothan

The Naming of Dothan (HMRJZ)

Location: Dothan, AL 36303 Houston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 31° 13.439', W 85° 23.343'

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In 1858, the tiny Poplar Head community requested a post office. Since there was a town called Poplar Spring in the state, the postal authorities arbitrarily assigned the name Dothan to the new post office to prevent misdirected mail. Early maps and documents show the town name was spelled two different ways: Dothen and Dothan. The city fathers finally settled on the spelling to coincide with the Bible passage "For I heard them say ?Let us go to Dothan'" (Genesis 37:17) when the town was officially incorporated on November 10, 1885.
Series This marker is part of the Postal Mail and Philately series
Year Placed2001
Placed ByThe Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Wiregrass Museum of Art, Houston County Kiwanis Club, The Downtown Group
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 2:46pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 653439 N 3455543
Decimal Degrees31.22398333, -85.38905000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 13.439', W 85° 23.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 13' 26.34" N, 85° 23' 20.58" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 126 Museum Ave, Dothan AL 36303, US
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