|Vermeer Mill, Pella Iowa|
Built by these guys:
|A Modern Dutch Classic Dutch Windmill engineering firm|
According to Wikipedia, "Pella was founded in 1847 when eight hundred Dutch immigrants..." and they still cherish their heritage today. There are dutch bakeries, Holland inspired architecture, a little curvy canal, museums, gift shops with mugs declaring "It's hard to be humble when you are Dutch" and a town square devoted to an annual "tulip time" festival.
During the Tulip festival, the townsfolk wear 'authentic costumes' which are frozen in time from when the aforementioned immigrants departed the Netherlands.
One ritual is comprised of pouring water onto the street and scrubbing it with a broom.
I have never seen this in the Netherlands, or heard of it... It rains so much that pouring more water is a bit redundant, but perhaps, it is an old-timey thing from the 1800s.
I will have to do a bit more research in the New Year.
More pictures after the jump!
|Miniature village with ladies riding bicycles with crocheted mud guards|
|Various Miss Pellas in Dutch hats|
|Childhood home of Wyatt Earp. He's not dutch but he lived in Pella.|