Holland is a town in Bell County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,121 at the 2010 census. The center of population of Texas is located in Holland. It is part of the Killeen–Temple–Fort Hood Metropolitan Statistical Area.
|Nickname(s): "The Friendly Community"|
Location of Holland, Texas
Holland has a history that reaches back years beyond the actual founding of the town, to a time before the Civil War when a community known as Mountain Home began to grow up near Gotcher's Mountain, a hill south of town. A post office was established on August 22, 1870, under the name Mountain Home with James Shaw as postmaster. On November 6, 1871, the Mountain Home post office was officially closed.
In 1881, an extension of the Missouri–Kansas–Texas Railroad was laid out from Denison to Taylor, and the tracks were constructed through Bell County in 1881 and 1882, from north to south, passing through the Holland community. This was to bring about the town of Holland as it is known today.
James Reuben Holland was born in 1847 in Claiborne County, Tennessee. Mr. Holland arrived in Belton, Texas, on October 26, 1874, with a wagon and horses, his wife and four children and six dollars cash.
A. Moss made an application for the Mountain Home community to have a new post office again, but by that time the name "Mountain Home" had already been claimed by another community. Without Mr. Holland's knowledge Mr. Moss submitted the name "Holland". The Holland post office was officially approved April 10, 1879, with the appointment of Alfred Evans as postmaster.
James Reuben Holland ("Rube" as he was called) married a young widow in 1867 by the name of Mary Tabitha Hutchens Moore, who had one daughter Macie from her first marriage. Together Rube and Mary had five children: Ellis, Alice, Claude, Mary and another child that did not live. In 1877 Rube bought 105 acres (42 ha) of land along Darr's Creek for $5.00 an acre. The following year, 1878, Rube bought an additional 145 acres (59 ha) and built a steam-powered cotton gin.
Holland is home to the Corn Festival. The "Corn Fest", as the locals call it, is held every third Saturday in June. It traditionally includes a parade on Saturday, carnival from that Wednesday until Saturday, and live music and street dances on Friday and Saturday nights.