Holland in Bell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1874, James R. “Rube” Holland (1847-1912), a Civil War veteran, came to Bell County from Arkansas. In 1878, he built a steam-powered cotton gin on his property three miles southwest of Mountain Home. The next year, a post office named Holland opened in a store near the gin; Alfred Evans (1810-1896), a former state representative and veteran of the Indian Wars and the U.S. - Mexico War, was appointed postmaster.
In 1881, the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad passed through this area. G.M. Dodge (1831-1916), a Civil War veteran and civil engineer, purchased land for this town site, which became known as (New) Mountain Home. Businesses moved from Old Mountain Home to this new town, and in 1882, the Holland Post Office moved here as well. The community adopted the name Holland by the mid-1880s. The new town grew quickly; immigrants, primarily Czechs and Germans, soon came here and helped the farming community become a leading producer of cotton. A rural telephone system
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15915.)
Location. 30° 52.776′ N, 97° 24.321′ W. Marker is in Holland, Texas, in Bell County. Marker is at the intersection of West Travis Street and North Lexington Street, on the right when traveling east on West Travis Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Holland TX 76534, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Woman's Study Club of Holland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Post Oak Cemetery (approx. 2.1 miles away); Bartlett Electric Cooperative (approx. 2.9 miles away); Site of German-English School (approx. 4.9 miles away); St. John Lutheran Church Site of Booker T. Washington School (approx. 5.7 miles away); Stockton Family Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Bartlett Grammar School (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Holland.
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