Founded just before turn of the century by immigrants from Holland.
Name means "lowland" in Dutch. Early efforts at rice
farming and dairying played important role, but growth began in
earnest with discovery of Spindletop oil field.
- WINDMILL MUSEUM-Built to preserve Dutch heritage; 25
foot blades revolve. Artifacts dating from city's founding exhibited
on three floors; also mementos of famed country/Western singer,
Tex Ritter. Open Tues.-Sun. afternoons Mar.-Labor Day; rest of
year open Thurs.-Sun. afternoons; in Tex Ritter Park. La Maison
des Acadiens Museum, tribute to early French settlers, also in
park. 1500 block Boston Ave.
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