Known as “The Peanut Capital of the World” and situated in the southeastern corner of Alabama, Dothan, is just west of the Georgia state line and only 16 miles north of Florida. The town, with a population of about 65,000 (2010 census), started out as a producer of turpentine and wood from the surrounding pine forests, and then produced cotton until the early 1900's, at which time the crops were devasted by the boll weevil. Farmers then turned to peanut production, and today about one-quarter of the country's peanut crop is harvested in the area and its success is celebrated each November during The National Peanut Festival. The town has recently been named as one of the “8 Appealing Low-Cost Cities” in Where to Retire Magazine, due to its livabilty with affordable housing, and low taxes.
Pictures in the Public Domain of Looking up Foster St. toward downtown Dothan,courtesy of Wikipedia and Ecjmartin1, and of Wiregrass Museum of Art coutesy of Wikipedia and Suzenr2000.