The Poldertoren in Emmeloord
|Population (1 January 2016)|
At the heart of the Noordoostpolder, where the three main drainage canals Lemstervaart, Urkervaart and Zwolsevaart intersect, is the city of Emmeloord (1943). Named after an abandoned village on the island of Schokland, Emmeloord is located in a polder: land reclaimed from the IJsselmeer, which earlier was part of the sea. Planned from the outset to be the first and the only major town of the polder, it is the local governmental and services centre.
The first district build was called the onkruidbuurt (weed neighbourhood). Street names were chosen from the weeds that were growing all around on the former sea floor, like reed (rietstraat), thistle (distelstraat) and sea aster (zeeasterstraat).
In the center of Emmeloord there is a 65 meter tall water tower called the Poldertoren. The tower is the central point of the Noordoostpolder and could be seen from almost every location in the early years of the Noordoostpolder, when there were no tall trees. In Japan there is a replica of this watertower.
Ten smaller villages, conceived more as agricultural communities, were planned in a wide circle around Emmeloord, with the distances between them determined to be easily reachable by bicycle. In order from first to last, these settlements were Marknesse (1946), Ens (1948), Kraggenburg (1948), Luttelgeest 1950, Bant (1951), Rutten (1952), Creil (1953), Nagele (1954), Espel (1956) and finally Tollebeek (1956).
There is no railway station in Emmeloord, but the following are a few suggestions also showing possible major destination. Bus Times can be found at this link .
|Station||Destinations||How To Get There|
|Lelystad Centrum, Lelystad||Almere, Amsterdam, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol||Bus 315 (Only From Bus Station)|
|Kampen, Kampen||Zwolle||Bus 141|
|Zwolle, Zwolle||Groningen, Leeuwarden, Emmen, Almelo, Enschede, Deventer, Arnhem, 's-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Roosendaal, Amersfoort, Utrecht, Rotterdam, The Hague||Bus 71, 141, 171|
- (in Dutch) Feiten en cijfers Archived 2014-04-19 at the Wayback Machine., Municipality of Noordoostpolder
- Peilbesluit stedelijk gebied gemeente Noordoostpolder
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