On this day in Alabama history: Houston County was created

On this day in Alabama history: Houston County was created
Postcard featuring the Houston County courthouse. (Houstoncounty2000, Wikipedia)

February 9, 1903

Houston County was created by an act of the Alabama Legislature on this day in 1903, making it the newest of Alabama’s 67 counties. Nearly three-quarters of Houston County was carved from Henry County and the remainder came from Dale and Geneva counties. It was named in honor of Gov. George Smith Houston of Limestone County. On March 16, 1903, Dothan was chosen as county seat and remains so today. The first courthouse, a traditional brick building, was built in 1905 and stood until 1962. Houston County lies in the southeast corner of the state and borders both Florida and Georgia.

Read more at Encyclopedia of Alabama.

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