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Village of Holland

Holland is a growing village in western Lucas County. Part of Springfield Township, the village population increased 35% over the last ten years. The current population is about 1764 people according to the 2010 Census.

It was founded in 1847. There are a couple theories about the origin of Holland as the final village name. One idea is that all the ditches dug to drain the Great Black Swamp reminded residents of Europe’s Holland. Another idea is that early resident Franklin Hall asked a clerk to record a deed as “Hall Land” and a typo created Holland.

Like many northwest Ohio communities, the village grew up around a rail line. In the early 1860s, Robert Clark began to clear and build on land north of the local railroad line, while Franklin Hall did the same south of railroad. Clark and Hall streets are still village thoroughfares. Holland was incorporated in 1923.

Norfolk Southern still operates a double track main line which crosses the village from east to west and carries up to 90 trains per day. In 2012, TMACOG, Lucas County Engineer Keith Earley, Holland Mayor Mike Yunker, and Springfield Township Trustee Andy Glenn went to Columbus to appeal to ODOT to fully fund the McCord Road grade separation project in the village. The collaboration was successful.

Holland is a nexus of transportation infrastructure. In addition to the freight rail line, the village is adjacent to US 23, close to an Ohio Turnpike interchange, and three miles from Toledo Express airport.

The village and the township work together to attract development. The joint Holland-Springfield Chamber of Commerce organizes community events and supports local businesses. The Strawberry Festival, first organized in 1938, is the village’s signature summer event. Strawberry Acres Park, at McCord and Angola roads is 19 acres donated to the village by the Strawberry Festival Organization for the enjoyment of area residents. The festival has outgrown the park and the annual June festival is now held at Community Homecoming Park on Angola Road.

Holland is part of the TMACOG Stormwater Coalition, a group of cities, villages, and organizations that work together to meet stormwater permit requirements. The village is currently working with TMACOG to ensure that municipal services will pass Ohio EPA inspection.

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