Dothan is a city located in Houston County, Alabama. As of the 2000 census, the population of the city is 57,737. The city is the county seat of Houston County. Portions of the city are located in Dale County and Henry County.
Original inhabitants were the Alabama and Creek American-Indian tribes. The first Anglo settlers of the area called the community "Poplar Head". Later, when the town applied for a post office, it was discovered that a "Poplar Head" post office already existed in northern Alabama. A new name was sought. The town of Dothan was incorporated November 11, 1885. The name derives from a town mentioned in a Bible verse, Genesis 37:17 - "For I heard them say, let us go to Dothan."
In 1902 Dothan resident W. M. Cooper released a revision of B. F. White's popular tune book, The Sacred Harp.
Dothan is the birthplace of Johnny Mack Brown (1904-1974), an All-American college football player and successful film actor. Actors William Gray Espy (the original Snapper of long-running CBS soap opera "The Young and the Restless), Brandy Brown, and Donna D'Errico were also born in Dothan. Singer Bobby Goldsboro, famous for his 1968 Top 40 Number One hit "Honey" as well as many other Top 40 releases of the late 1960's and early 1970's, grew up in Dothan and graduated from Dothan High School, although he was born in Mariana, Florida.
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