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Johnny Mack Brown
Originally occupied by the Alabama
and Creek Native American Tribes, the area once known as Poplar
Head was an overnight camping spot for pioneers headed farther west
during the late 1700s and early 1800s. It was situated where several
ancient Indian trails crossed, at a spring where many poplar trees
grew. The soft soil was generally considered to be unfit for farming,
even though it was in an area of very heavy forests.
Someone finally realized the soil
in the area was very fertile and quite suitable for farming. At
some point before 1830, a fort was built on the Barber Plantation,
located ten miles east of Popular Head. It was there that the local
settlers sought sanctuary during uprisings by the Native Americans.
Following the Indian Wars, the fort was abandoned by 1840. The little
settlement of Poplar Head continued to grow.
On November 10, 1885, the people
of Popular Head voted to incorporate, but quickly learned that a
Popular Head already existed in northern Alabama. The name was then
changed to Dothan, a name taken from the Bible. The city was incorporated
under its new name, Dothan, on November 11, 1885. Dothan is known
for the peanuts grown in this area.
Rucker, the home of US Army Helicopter training, is located
near Dothan. In 1942, Camp Rucker was established and served as
a basic infantry training center originally. To learn more of Fort
Dothan has been home to several
famous people over the years. During the 1930s, western movies were
the main draw at movie theaters and one of its main stars was Johnny
Mack Brown of Dothan, Alabama. Prior to entering movies as a western
character, he had been an All-American college football player for
the University of Alabama.
Former Miss America, Heather Whitestone, the first
deaf Miss America, was born in Dothan in 1972.
Singer/songwriter Bobby Goldsboro
wasnt born in Dothan (actually in Marianna, Florida), but
he grew up in Dothan. He had many hits during the sixties, including
Honey, Autumn of My Life and Watching