RAGBRAI Coming to Paullina! Vendor Info Here!

RAGBRAI 2017 is coming to Paullina July 23. If you are a participant or interested in being a vendor, Thank you for your interest in RAGBRAI 2017 at Paullina, “The Gem of the Prairie”. Our residents, businesses, churches and community organizations welcome you.If you are considering becoming a vendor,

If you are interested in a vendor booth in Paullina, Iowa during the 2017 RAGBRAI please click the link and read all of the requirements for licensing. Complete the registration form and pay all applicable fees. Your payment and completed form must be submitted NO LATER than June 1.

Vendor booth fees and charges are outlined on the registration form and can be paid with a good check or money order made out to Paullina RAGBRAI.

Click here for Vendor Information.


Paullina’s Amazing History

Old Paullina photoThe history of any town often begins with how the early village got its name. Paullina takes its name from two brothers, Henry and D. Edward Paullin. The Paullin boys came from back east and were Harvard graduates. They came to the Iowa prairies and bought nearly 7000 acres of land in O’Brien County in 1880. They were entrepreneurs and speculators, looking to make money in the booming land business of the west. No doubt, they had good information that the railroad was going to build tracks through this part of the country.

Indeed in 1881, the Toledo and Northwestern Railroad laid track from Eagle Grove to Hawarden. D. Edward Paullin, being the shrewd businessman he was, offered a townsite to the railroad free of charge if it would run the rail through his ranch property. The only stipulation to the railroad was that the townsite had to be named after him. The agreement was made and the plat for the townsite called Paullina was filed on December 31, 1881 and recorded on January 13, 1882.

The Paullin brothers soon faded into history but the town that bears their name continues to be an important business and recreational center for the southern part of O’Brien County. Paullina’s business district offers almost every kind of service and product imaginable. Lake Paullina and the surrounding recreational area are a haven for hundreds of campers and visitors especially during the summer months.


Paullina Has Beautiful Parks

The City of Paullina has a City Park and Ballpark located on East Commerce Street. The park is shaded by many large trees and has picnic tables and benches available. There are two cement pads with canopies that are used for picnic tables, with an electric outlet available at both cement pads. There is an additional playground area for the younger aged children.