About The Red Rock Area


Streets lined with beautiful blooms, windmills and tasty Dutch treats are just some of the things that will delight your senses when you visit Pella. When walking around town, you get the sense of being in Europe without needing a passport. The Dutch festivals provide a glimpse into treasured Dutch traditions. This award-winning tourism destination provides a world-class experience.


The town of Pella is situated on the ridge between the Skunk and Des Moines Rivers. Pella was founded in 1847 by Hendrick P. Scholte. The Dutch purchased 18,000 acres for $1.25 per acre and were able to buy out many of the settlers who had already started farms in the area. The early homes of the Dutch were built of sod with long prairie grass on the roof. The cluster of these homes was dubbed “strawtown.” Central College was founded in 1853 and in 1866, a rail line was built through the community. The annual Pella Tulip Time Festival was started in 1935 to celebrate the traditions brought from Holland.

Famous Residents

  • Wyatt EarpWyatt Earp

    Wyatt was two years old when his family moved to Pella. His father fought in the Civil War, leaving 13-year-old Wyatt and his two younger brothers to cultivate and harvest 80 acres of corn.

  • Dave KeuningDave Keuning

    Dave is the lead guitarist for The Killers and was born in Pella.

  • Ron “Skip” SchippersRon "Skip" Schippers

    Ron was coach for the Central College football team from 1861-1996, winning 287 games. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2000.

  • Kyle KorverKyle Korver

    Kyle wears #26 for the Chicago Bulls and got his start playing basketball at Pella High.

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