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Holland Region, Netherlands
There is a common misconception that it’s okay to interchange the names “Holland” and “The Netherlands” in referring to this Dutch speaking country. After all, they are the same place, right? But this line of thinking is incorrect. In reality, the name of the country is Kingdom of the Netherlands, which is often shortened to The Netherlands. Holland is simply one of the 12 provinces, which include, Groningen, Friesland, Drenthe, Overijssel, Flevoland, Gelderland, Utrecht, North-Holland, South-Holland, Zeeland, North Brabant and Limburg.
The Netherlands is famous for it’s poetic windmills, including the Windmills of Kinderdijk. Some pretty impressive people are also from The Netherlands, such as painters, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt, (Rembrant Harmenszoon van Rijn), along with Abel Janszoon Tasman, a navigator who discovered New Zealand and Tasmania.
The Netherlands is a popular tourist location. For instance, in North Holland Province you can visit the Anne Frank Museum (in Amsterdam). Visit the famous Zeeland dikes in the province by the same name.
Also located in North Holland is the Rijksmuseum. Here, you can spend the day, or more likely, several days, browsing through over 620,000 works of art, from the old masters to more modern artists.
And then, there’s…
You know how sometimes things don’t turn out exactly the way you planned? Like when you plan to take a shower and suddenly there’s no hot water. Or, when you plan get a dog, and somehow come home with two? We’ve all have those moments, right?
“Best-laid plans…often go awry,” but particularly when traveling to tiny off-the-beaten-track communities in the Midwest. While the map may say something is there, until you actually get to wherever that might be, you have no idea what to expect.
This truism played out on our trip to the Missouri Bootheel. As with all our Show-Me state travels, the destination towns we chose had same name as other, more famous destinations. In this case, we were to visit Holland, Netherlands, Essex, Parma and Charleston.
Where am I’m going with this? Well, our original intent was to post separate pages for Holland and Netherlands. But while the Netherlands was Atlas-map-worthy…
….it turned out to be little more than a couple of houses and a railroad track.
So, consider Netherlands, Missouri covered.
On to Holland!
With a population around 230 people, Holland, Missouri, which was first settled in 1871, was originally known as Middleburg, due to it’s location halfway between Upper Cowskin (Covington today) and Cooter, Missouri. Later, the name was changed to Holland, likely after J. W. Holland, who was an early settler.
The area around Holland is typical of the Bootheel region: flat as far as the eye can see. Not surprising, there is little to stop the wind, which chilled us to the bone when we visited in late fall.
Established in 1900, the Holland Post Office is still in operation today.
And, as with most small Midwestern towns, the water tower is the major focal point.
Holland also has both Baptist and Pentecostal churches.
Sadly, there are no restaurants in this tiny municipality. So, as we said goodbye to Holland our stomachs were growling. From here, we head almost due north to our next stop…