Friday, May 9, 2008

1908 Main Street in Pella Iowa

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Today's place of interest is the town of Pella Iowa as it appeared around 1908. Pella was a small town of 3,021 according to the 1910 census, was still around 3,300 by the 1930s and today has approximately 10,000 inhabitants. This early view shows the main business section on the left and the town square on the right as you look South along Main Street. Pella was founded in 1847 when 800 Dutch immigrants led by Dominee Henry Scholte settled the area. One of their claims to fame is being the childhood home of Wyatt Earp and another is the fully functional 1850s style windmill that is 134 feet high. The Vermeer Mill grinds wheat into flow using only wind power and is the tallest working windmill in the US. Pella has a three day Tulip Time festival the first weekend of May and the current excitement is the planned Earthpark, North America's largest indoor rainforest. This postcard is available in my Iowa listings along with 10,000 more post cards on my website at Moody's Postcards.

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