Small Town: Pella, Iowa

 

In Pella, Iowa, tourists almost feel like they have taken a trip to Europe. A unique architectural style, the tulip festival, bells on the town square — and that big Dutch Windmill might have something to do with it. The Dutch bakeries also factor in. But really, it’s all about some 800 immigrants that came to Iowa in the 1840’s and built a town — right in the middle of farm country. And long before they got here, they had the name Pella picked out. The community is taking it one step further — requiring new business to design a “Dutch Front” or facade on the face of the buildings. The effect is a bit of old world in the new world. The architectural changes are creating a buzz — and pulling in tourists to check out a taste of Amsterdam in America. The Pella Historical Museums, are a must stop — and of course no one could miss the Dutch Bakeries in town.

Here is the story of a charming piece of Small Town Americana that began long ago with links to two continents and continues today with the new/old style of construction.

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Small Town: Pella, Iowa

 

In Pella, Iowa, tourists almost feel like they have taken a trip to Europe. A unique architectural style, the tulip festival, bells on the town square — and that big Dutch Windmill might have something to do with it. The Dutch bakeries also factor in. But really, it’s all about some 800 immigrants that came to Iowa in the 1840’s and built a town — right in the middle of farm country. And long before they got here, they had the name Pella picked out. The community is taking it one step further — requiring new business to design a “Dutch Front” or facade on the face of the buildings. The effect is a bit of old world in the new world. The architectural changes are creating a buzz — and pulling in tourists to check out a taste of Amsterdam in America. The Pella Historical Museums, are a must stop — and of course no one could miss the Dutch Bakeries in town.

Here is the story of a charming piece of Small Town Americana that began long ago with links to two continents and continues today with the new/old style of construction.

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In “Small Town Americana”, we visit off-the-interstate places that seem unchanged.

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