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I just love this site! I think it is very informative because I just love to snoop around Iola and discover new (old) thin...
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Iola Explorations
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Iola Explorations | History

100 Year Old Historic Homes

From mansions built in the 1880s to houses ordered from Sears, Iola has them all!

1904 Court House Clock

Once 7 stories high in the sky!

A Chocolate Lover's Paradise

Come taste the best mistake in candy making!

Allen County Historical Museum

In a building buit before 1900, Allen County's history is alive and well. Don't wait to come in.

Audacious Boutique

This is part of a renaissance for downtown Iola... come look inside the old bank building to see what it has morphed into!

Court House clock face

One of the four clock faces from the 1904 court house tower is on the square (south side) The other one you can find...look in a historic spot.

Don Nichols Car Collection

Hawaii and Iola, Kansas...what do we have in common? Come visit to find out!


Eleanor Roosevelt worried about typhroid fever and the spread of germs. See our "Eleanor."

Fearless Fred Trolley

Fearless Fred is a Trolley? Come take a ride to find out why Iola's most recently purchased trolley is named Fearless Fred!

Funston Boyhood Home - Original Site

If you can find the old smokehouse, you'll find the old Funston home site.

Historic Allen County Jail

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, visit the jailor's quarters which is above the graffiti covered walls of the cells.

Historic Signs around the square

The largest historic square in the United States! We have historic buildings and now we have historic signs that you can read as you walk around the large but quaint downtown square

Iola Colborn's grave site and memorial

How did Iola get her name?

Iola Free Public Library

Hidden or missing skeltons in your family? Where can you go to get help?

Iola Register

Proudly serving Iola for 4 generations!

Largest Downtown Square in USA!

Find out why we are the largest downtown square in the Nation!

Major General Frederick Funston Home, Museum & Statue

Part of this home was built before Kansas was a state, and it is still alive with history!

Memorial Wall for Allen County Veterans

From the War of 1812 to now, veterans have their name on the wall, look for your family and friends.

Old Poor Farm Crosses

Mystery and lore surrounds these white crosses in front of the site of the former Allen County Poor Home.

Rare Zinc Civil War Statue

Did you know there are only four zinc Civil War statues in the state? Visit the old Iola cemetery to find many other historic treasures!

Riverside Park

Camping, swimming, running, or whatever you want to do in this historic park. A new Special Needs Playground Area has recently been added!

Stoney Lonesome School

See walls and remnants of the old country school where Frederick Funston once taught.

WPA projects

Think you can build it better? WPA projects are still here and can be seen throughout the town.
contact info
Donna Houser
205 E. Madison Ave
Iola, KS 66749
Phone: 620.228.0439
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