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Houston County  Centennial Celebration
Historical Photos of Houston County, Dothan, Alabama and the Wiregrass

Houston County, the youngest county in Alabama, was formed on February 9, 1903 from portions of Henry, Dale and Geneva Counties.  2003 now celebrates its 100th Anniversary.

A large collection of historic photos can be seen at Gaines Photo Service. A small sample can be viewed below. For more contact Frank Gaines.


1890 Train
1890 Claybank Creek train wreck.
Train was out of Montgomery headed for Dothan.

Houston County Court House 1905
Houston County Court House, constructed in 1905

Houston County Court House in 1955
Houston County Court House in 1955

Houston County Court House in 1960
Last view of the 1905 Houston County Court House, August 1960.

Dothan Post Office 1939
Dothan Post Office 1939

Dothan Municipal Airport 1945
Dothan Municipal Airport 1945

Dothan Police and Fir Department 1926
Dothan Police and Fire Department circa 1926

Downtown Aerial 1919
Downtown Dothan, Aerial View in 1919

Penny's 1939
Penny's circa 1939

Dothan High School 1939
Dothan High School 1939

Dothan Fire Department 1908
Dothan Fire Department 1908

Dr. J. R. G. Howell Home 1887
Dr. J. R. G. Howell Home in 1887

Howell Grammar School 1920
Howell Grammar School 1920

North Foster Street 1939
North Foster Street - Late 1930's to 40's

Main Street 1929
Main Street Dothan in the 1940's

Locomotive 1920
Locomotive 1920

Young Jr. High 1929
Young Junior High School in 1929

Foster Methodist Church 1940
Foster Street Methodist Church, 1940s from Barbara Rich Jackson,
granddaughter of Dr. Lewis Ellis of Fraizer-Ellis Hospital.

Baptist Church
First Baptist Church at the corner of Main and Oats early 1900s

Peanut Festival Queen 1939
National Peanut Festival queen contestant from 1939,
Dot McArthur presents tickets to the Auburn-Florida game to Ewell Ownes.
Photo courtesy of the National Peanut Festival.

Fair Bus
New York World's Fair Tour bus, 1939
photo by Paul Anderson, early Dothan photographer

Billboard 1950
Bill board at the Dothan Airport circa 1950

Kelly Springs 1962
Kelly Springs 1962, by Frank M. Gaines




If anyone knows how and when the railroad depot area in Dothan
got the name "DIXIE" or if you have any other images of Dothan's past.
Please contact Frank Gaines.





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