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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