At the corner of East Main Street and Museum Street in downtown Dothan, there is a small park. Today, it is a gathering place for different events throughout the year, or even a place to enjoy an outdoor lunch. Many years ago, this was the spot where a spring, called Poplar Head Spring, served as a meeting place for Indian traders. Later, this was where the first families settled in what was later to become the city of Dothan.
Across the street is the location of an old mule stable, which for many years in the early 1900’s was one of the largest mule trading posts in the south. The stable was torn down in the 1970’s. I don’t know if you can read it in the picture, but the mule stable was owned by Marvin Holman. I believe, and somebody correct me if I am wrong, that Mr. Holman’s daughter Edith married Max Jones, and for many years they owned and operated Jones Farm Equipment and Auction located at the corner of Montgomery Highway and Ross Clark Circle, where Wiregrass Commons Mall stands today.
Next time you are in downtown Dothan, take a minute to think about the history of our community, and all those people who came before us and helped make Dothan what it is today.