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“Hardly an Attraction”

Reviewed May 21, 2013

The small triangular piece of land in downtown Dothan touted as the “smallest city block in the world” is barely worth mentioning as an attraction. Only if one is already downtown or in desperate need for some sort of touristy “proof” of being in Dothan would the trip be worthwhile.

Factually, the “smallest block in the world” claim is tenuous at best. There is a very small triangular piece of land containing a monument at the junction of E. Troy, N. Appletree, and N. College streets, but, beyond that, any world or national claims are dubious.

I know of no specific evidence that the claim is even valid. I find no record of such claim on Guinness World Record site or in other resources. Similar “small blocks” are found by the thousands across the U.S. Just about any place where a diagonal street crosses conventional grid streets at an angle produces triangular or other odd-sized blocks. Many are quite small. Oftentimes such features are recognized as squares or traffic islands.

If a visitor is looking for something unusual in Dothan area, a trip to nearby Enterprise, AL (about 32 miles) would be in order. There one can observe the unique and well-known monument to the Boll Weevil.

Dothan, like many American cities, is critically short of “real” attractions and has to push the envelope to come up with any listings at all.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Small slab of cement marks this spot, which is basically a "y" in the road. Claims to be the worlds smallest city block, but really I think it was an engineering screw up. Not worth going out of your way, but if you are headed to the museum or the Civic Center, feel free to take a look.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

this is a really cool place so tiny as far as city blocks go but as they state the world's smallest city block great museum down the street though worth a visit to them both

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Technically...I suppose it is a city block...but it's just a concrete square with a sign...but don't bother going out of your way to find it unless you are really bored and just want to kill some time and burn some gas.

If you do go there, you will find other things nearby that are interesting; the Dothan Civic Center has some great performances from time to time and the opera house is close by that is a wonderful venue for concerts.

The murals on painted on the city walls are neat; and if you are there, stop by the court house and read the plaque that describes how Houston county AL was formed.

3  Thank Jim T
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

It was as it says, The smallest city block. It is a dirty patch of cement with litter all around it!! Nothing to go out of your way for.

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