On our southwest adventure, we opted to stay off the main highways, avoid most major cities and for a while stay a bit north of the coastline. We enjoyed a short visit with family in Tallahassee and then headed west towards Alabama.
Our first stop was in the city of Dothan. Dothan has a few claims to fame. As we entered the city limits, we came across the smallest city block in the world. It has a stop sign, a street sign, a yield sign and a marker from the Guinness Book of records. It actually looks like a road divider to me.Our next photo opportunity within the city limits was on the road that rings Dothan. It is a giant sheet metal hog with a story. The pig was originally created to attract customers to a family feed supply store. The business it supports now is a scrap metal company. Each year, after the Iron Bowl the hog is painted to support the winner Alabama or Auburn.
Dothan also claims to be the peanut capital of the United States (the entire state of Georgia takes issue). There is a shiny gold peanut (about three feet tall) in front of the visitor information center declaring the city as the home town of the National Peanut Festival held each November in honor of the farmers and the annual peanut harvest. There are about 50 fiberglass peanuts scattered around the city, originally a community art project. Inside the center is an Elvis Peanut. It is inside because it was the most-stolen peanut. Unfortunately, we arrived on Sunday and the building was closed. We did see a bunch of other fun peanuts around town.Dothan is also known as Alabama’s Mural City; the murals cover a variety of subjects including George Washington Carver and the Tuskegee Airmen.
Our Sunday timing did not allow us to sample peanuts, pecans or other local delicacies. We moved on through the rolling hills filled with farm animals and timber until we reached the town of Beatrice. We stopped at a lovely bed and breakfast, the Mary Elisabeth Stallworth House. The namesake was the first woman to be accepted at Auburn’s school of Architecture. Her family home is filled with her drawings and family heirlooms. We will explore more of Alabama when it opens on Monday morning. Until then, let the stars fall on Alabama.