Dodd City

By Z. B. Smith

Turning west from North 14 on to the Blue Heaven road one can turn right down on the old Dodd City road and find but a few reminders of a once thriving mining city. The one remaining hotel is now the home of Mrs. Linnie Owens, age 96. During the mining boom her house was called the Mirror Hotel and competed with the Dodd and the Stillwell Hotels for business. There were several General Stores, a thriving blacksmith shop and livery bam, a large school house with two stories -- the upper story was used as the Masonic Lodge Hall. The town was named for Dr. Dodd, an early settler. He and his wife are now buried on land owned by G. H. Young, whose grandfather was the first postmaster of Dodd City. R. D. Owens, with many others, was one of the pioneer settlers of this little city.

Most of the mines were located near Pyatt. Some of these mines had names like Pilot Rock, Nacomanic, Bear Hill and Sesquahannah.

John Haney owned the early Telephone Company in Dodd City, and because of the timber, there were several large sawmills. But, after the mining boom was over, Dodd City, like Buffalo City and other Marion County towns, disappeared and are only a memory to the old-timers yet living. The school house and one hotel are the only original buildings left in Dodd City.

Dodd City School
Northwest Quadrant

Reprinted with permission from History of Marion County edited by Earl Berry, copyright 1977.