Exploring Dora – Through Prayer!

I apologize for the cheesy blog title today. I just couldn’t help myself after watching countless episodes of “Dora the Explorer” when my children were younger.

Located in Walker County

Mayor Charles Randall Stephens

Founded by Cole Smith in 1886

Incorporated February 18, 1897

Named for Dora Freil, wife of mine operator Hugh Freil

Home of Alabama Mining Museum

2010 population 2,025

  • Early settlers came to the area in the 1820’s and 30’s

  • First named Sharon.

  • Renamed Horse Creek in 1809. Horse creek, which runs through the town, was known for the wild horses that roamed by the creek. Local Indians would catch the horses, train them and sell them.

  • In 1906 was renamed Dora.

  • In 1886 two major railroads came through and the Depot was a regular stop for local trains to Birmingham and surrounding areas, as well as trains to cities such as Memphis and Kansas City. The town developed around the train station and it grew into a thriving community.

  • Coal was plentiful and people migrated to Dora to work in the coal mines.

  • The decline of the mining industry was a severe blow to Dora and the city began to decline and is still attempting to recover.

Dora today

Horse Creek Golf Couse, which opened in 2000, is a popular course with reasonable fees and draws players from many surrounding areas

With the opening of Interstate 22 (Corridor X) Dora, the first exit past the Jefferson County line and 20 minutes from Birmingham, is positioned for economic growth.

*Mayor Stephens gave Ginny most of this information, which comes from a book longtime residents of Dora created for the 1986 Dora Centennial celebration

Proverbs 16:8 – “Better is a little with righteousness than great income with injustice.”

Father, You often surprise me with the direction you end up leading me for these cities we’ve prayed for, and today is no different. I feel like You are wanting to encourage this city and its leaders, to let them know Your favor is on them. Where they have struggled with their economic growth and progress, You have been increasing justice and righteousness, which is far better for a city. Father, we pray for the closet intercessors who live in Dora, and who regularly pray for their city and their mayor, to lift their eyes to the hills, and to see that their help comes from You, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 121) Let them see with their own eyes Your answers to the prayers You have prompted them to pray.

Firmly establish Your justice and righteousness in Dora, so that the economic increase that comes with the new interstate would not become an avenue of wickedness, and that injustice would find no foothold in Dora. Give Mayor Stephens and the leadership humility and wisdom to lead their city by following Your righteous decrees.

We pray this in Your name, and for the sake of Your glory and righteousness.

How is the Lord leading you to pray for Dora, AL?


2 thoughts on “Exploring Dora – Through Prayer!

  1. Psalm 89:14-16
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all the day, and by Your righteousness they are exalted.

    Lord Who Reigns, May Your righteousness and justice be the foundation of the City of Dora. Place Your love and truth in every home, every business, every school, and every office in that community. Complete the work of bringing Dora’s citizens into blessing and joy, rejoicing and righteousness – because they walk in the light of the brilliance of Your face. For the sake of Your glory and Kingdom. Amen!

  2. Reading through what I have missed, I stopped here first, because it’s my city, although I didn’t grow up here, but family did. I pray that there would be growth and stimulation for all, in educatuon, economy, spirituality and leadership. May God use this place along His Corridor for His glory!

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