Nederland is a town in Jefferson County, Texas near Beaumont. Settled in 1897 by Dutch immigrants on land sold by the Kansas City Southern railroad along what is now Boston Avenue, it was incorporated in 1940.
Tex Ritter Historical Park –The park is home to two museums; La Maison Des Acadienne and Dutch Windmill Museum.
The Dutch Windmill Museum features exhibits about country music singer, Tex Ritter, who grew up in the area, as well as a look at the Dutch emigrants who settled Port Arthur as rice planters and lumbermen and created the town of Nederland.
La Maison Des Acadienne is a in-depth look at Cajun life in Port Arthur with an authentic Cajun home. Both museums are well worth a visit.
The City park called C. Doornbos Heritage Park – is an open, green space with a playground, picnic shelters & paved paths, plus a small pond & fountain.
Recently a local guide shared their experience at the park “Such a great time to spend outside with family! Park was clean and well maintained. Currently places are blocked off to stop congregating during virus, but still has plenty of places to sit. Great place for a picnic or to watch the ducks.”
The first successful Dutch colony in Texas was founded in 1895 and called the Port Arthur Land Company. Approximately fifty families moved to this colony and started the town of Nederland east of Houston. The Dutch came for many reasons.
Many Dutch coming to Texas were opposed to slavery, did not sympathize with the Civil War, or liked a good fight less than most. Few came; few stayed. But by the latter 19th century, Holland was overcrowded and in an economic depression. In 1895 the Port Arthur Land Company was formed by Dutch investors. Some 66,000 acres of land in southeastern Texas were offered for sale at $8 an acre. Advertisements in Holland showed the land as a paradise, but most of the favor-able land in the area had been taken. What was for sale was low-lying marsh. Still, the land company did build the Orange Hotel, named for Holland’s royal family and painted a bright orange color. Immigrants came, most were grateful for the hotel, and many stayed.
The colony only enjoyed moderate progress until 1901 when the discovery of oil, then the largest known field in the western United States, gave the colony a sound economic future.
The pattern of settlement was typical. And Nederland exists today, between Port Arthur and Beaumont.
Distance from Nederland, TX to Houston, TX is approx 90 minutes by car. There are 83.84 miles from Nederland to Houston in west direction and 93 miles (149.67 kilometers) by car, following the I-10 route.
Distance from Nederland, TX to Beaumont, TX There are approx 11 miles from Nederland to Beaumont in the northwest west direction and 12 miles (149.67 kilometers) by car, following the TX 347 route.
There are 6.93 miles from Port Arthur to Nederland in northwest direction and 10 miles (16.09 kilometers) by car, following the US-69 N and US-96 N and US-287 N route. Port Arthur and Nederland are 12 minutes far apart, if you drive non-stop .
in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. The population was 17,547 at the 2010 census.