The Story of Chelsea
In the early 1900s Chelsea, Iowa was famous for the watermelons grown on the sandy hills just north of town. Farmers would fill their horse-drawn "triple box" wagons in the field, haul them to town, and sell the watermelons right from the wagons.
Today Seed Savers Exchange member Marvin Kucera is the only person we know of growing this watermelon variety in Chelsea, Iowa.
It is possible that the watermelon originated in Africa and that it was cultivated in the Nile Valley as early as the 2nd millennium BCE and is mentioned in the Bible.
Later the watermelon was brought to India and China before being brought to Europe. It was brought to North America by European colonists and African slaves.