Dothan is located in the southeastern part of the state of Alabama and a city in Houston and Dale counties and is the seat of Houston County, which sits in the southeast part of the town of Montgomery. The area was inhabited originally in the 1800s by the Poplar Head, and the name was changed to Dothan, after a biblical place, in 1885. The main agricultural crop of the area was cotton until the boll weevil infestations that occurred from 1915 to 1916. At present, peanut farming has become a primary agricultural mainstay and has made Dothan the site of the annual National Peanut Festival that is celebrated every October or November. The city's principal economic activity is in its services sector, mainly in health care. Its other economic activities also include poultry processing, manufacture of tires, magnetic tapes, and various aircraft products are also important.
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