High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! A ford is a shallow place where a river or stream may be crossed by wading or in a vehicle. A ford is mostly a natural phenomenon, in contrast to a low water crossing, which is an artificial bridge that allows crossing a river or stream when water is low. The names of many towns and villages are derived from the word 'ford', for example Oxford (a ford where oxen crossed the river: see the Oxford coat of arms), or Stratford (a ford on a Roman road). Similarly, the German word Furt (as in Frankfurt and Klagenfurt) and the Dutch voorde, (as in Vilvoorde, Coevorden, Zandvoort, or Amersfoort) are cognates and have the same meaning. Towns such as Maastricht, Dordrecht, and Utrecht also formed at fords but the ending tricht, drecht, or trecht is derived from the Latin word traiectum, meaning "crossing".
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Van Coevorden is one of the oldest aristocratic families from the Netherlands. The family's history begins with Hendrik van Borculo who in 1231 married Eufemia, a daughter of the lord of Coevorden. The grandson of this couple, Reinolt, started to call himself van Coeverden. From this time onwards till the 17th century, the family played an important role in the region of Drenthe.
High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Wachtum is a village in the municipality Coevorden in the Dutch province Drenthe. To the former municipality Dalen, belonged to the municipal division in 1998. Oosterhesselen lies north of Wachtum and Dalen lies south. It has an altitude of 11 meters (39 feet) and a population of about 280. Wachtum is an old esdorp. The first mention of the name Wachtum, (then Wachtmen), was in 1399, when the council gave a judgement concerning sale of a farm. In the village stands a windmill, known as De Hoop. This mill was built as a drainage mill which drained a polder at Veendam, Groningen. In 1894, the mill was moved to Wachtum and from then on it was used for producing animal feed.