Nederland, Texas

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Nederland, Texas
Motto(s): 
"Programmed for Progress"
CountryUnited StatesUnited States
StateTexasTexas
CountyJefferson
Settled1897
Incorporated1940
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorR. A. Nugent
 • Ward ITalmadge Austin
 • Ward IIBilly Neal
 • Ward III, Mayor Pro TemDon Albanese
Area
 • Total5.7 sq mi (14.8 km2)
 • Land5.7 sq mi (14.7 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total17,547
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)CDT
ZIP code
77627
Area code(s)409
Websitewww.ci.nederland.tx.us

Nederland is a city in Jefferson County, Texas, United States. The population was 17,547 at the 2010 census.

The city was settled in 1897 along what is now Boston Avenue. It was incorporated in 1940. It was settled by Dutch immigrants on land sold by the Kansas City Southern railroad. It is part of the Beaumont−Port Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nederland is also a part of an area known as "the Golden Triangle," which includes Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Orange. The city is next to the Jack Brooks Regional Airport in Port Arthur, which serves the nearby cities of Beaumont and Port Arthur.

Geography[change | change source]

Nederland is located at 29°58′23″N 93°59′48″W / 29.97306°N 93.99667°W / 29.97306; -93.99667 (29.973113, -93.996715).[1]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (15 km2), of which, 5.7 square miles (15 km2) of it is land and 0.18% is water.

It is about 90 miles (140 km) east of Houston.[2]

History[change | change source]

Nederland was founded in 1897 by Dutch[3] settlers as a repayment for financial services of Dutch bankers who financed the Kansas City Southern railroad line that runs through the center of the city.

Nederland's early economy was driven by rice and dairy farming. However, the depression of 1907 and overproduction caused the rice industry in the town to fail.

Government[change | change source]

City government[change | change source]

The City of Nederland completed a new $1.3 million City Hall building at 207 N. 12th street in September 2013. The previously City Hall was shared with Police and Fire services and received a $3.6 million upgrade for Police and Fire services only and is the Homer E. Nagel Public Safety Complex. The safety complex was completed in August 2014.[4]

Nederland has a council-manager system of government.

Current city officials are:

Position Name
Mayor R. A. "Dick" Nugent
Councilmember Ward I Talmadge Austin
Councilmember Ward II Billy Neal
Councilmember Ward III, Mayor pro tem Don Albanese
Councilmember Ward IV Bert Rogers
City Manager Christopher Duque

References[change | change source]

  1. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. Christian, Carol. "East Texas town blocks sex offenders from areas with 4 or more kids." Houston Chronicle. September 10, 2013. Retrieved on September 10, 2013.
  3. Block, JR, W.T. "TULIPS AMID THE BLUEBONNETS: THE CENTENNIAL OF NEDERLAND, TEXAS". Retrieved 26 January 2013.
  4. Meaux, Mary. "Nederland council tours Nagel complex". panews.com. Port Arthur News. Retrieved 9 July 2014.