Dutch Landmark to Receive Historic Award

An iconic Dutch landmark in the city of Pella stands tall just three blocks north of the downtown square.

The windmill at Pella’s Sunken Gardens Park is a piece of Pella’s Dutch history. Both the windmill and park were constructed in 1937 in direct response to Pella’s first Tulip Time, which had been held two years prior. Festival visitors were requesting a place to view tulip gardens, and this park – originally named Tulip Town – was the wonderful result. It was constructed complete with multiple tulip beds, a pond and an authentic life-size windmill.

The windmill and park was erected in the later part of the Great Depression and funded entirely through private donations – painstakingly raised one dollar at a time.

Today, the windmill remains one of the most-photographed attractions in Pella. On the 80th anniversary of the windmill’s construction the Historic Pella Trust is proud to bestow a Historic Pella Landmark Award to one of our community’s most-beloved attractions.

The Historic Pella Trust is an over two decade seasoned non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of the historical buildings in the Dutch community.

Historic Pella Trust’s annual meeting and Dutch Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday, October 19, at 5:45 PM in the Pella Opera House.

Reservations for the dinner can be made until October 17th at 641-628-8625 and tickets can also be purchased at the Pella Opera House.


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