History & Culture
This is a land where Dragoons first explored the Des Moines River valley and prairie grass once grew at heights of over 8 feet. The Black Hawk treaty created the Red Rock line, but by 1845 settlers were allowed to move into western Iowa. In the mid-1800s, a group of Dutch immigrants settled in Pella. More than a century-and-a-half later, Dutch culture permeates the largest community in the Red Rock Area. In Knoxville, you’ll discover Iowa’s role in sprint car racing and the history of the Iowa flag. In Melcher-Dallas, you will learn about the legend of coal mining and the role coal played in developing our communities. The area is rich in stories of pioneers and entrepreneurs making the most of the region’s agricultural bounty and innovative spirit.
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Scholte House Museum
- 728 Washington Street, Pella
The Scholte House, built in 1847, displays the life of Pella's founder. The 22-rooms are carefully laid out for self-guided tours. The garden blooms with tulips in spring and annual flowers throughout the summer. The bronze sculptures celebrate Pella's Dutch immigrants. The exterior of the home has been recently repainted to its original colors.
March-DecemberÂ Monday-Saturday 1-4 p.m. or by appointment
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