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Welcome to the Iola Area

Planning a trip to or through Allen County, Kansas? Moving to the area? The Iola Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism welcomes you! 

Enjoy our Great Location 

Iola sits at the crossroads of U.S. Route 54 and U.S. Route 169, nestled between Kansas’s Flint Hills and Missouri’s Ozarks. Enjoy Kansas’s quaint small-town and rural environment while staying within a 3-hour radius of five major cities. 

          ➼ 93 miles south of Kansas City 
          ➼ 107 miles east of Wichita
          ➼ 126 miles north of Tulsa
          ➼ 126 miles west of Springfield
          ➼ 76 miles west of Joplin 


Browse Our Downtown Square

Iola hosts the largest downtown square in the United States. Colorful historic buildings line the square’s eight blocks. A large manicured lawn sits at the middle of the downtown square and provides a perfect place for a picnic and recreation. Stick around on summer Thursday evenings to listen to the city band play--the longest continuously-performing city band in Kansas. The downtown includes:

          ➼ Unique boutiques, antique shops, and consignment stores 
          ➼ Original restaurants and bars, a coffee shop, and a bakery
          ➼ Bowlus Fine Arts Center
          ➼ Allen County Veterans Memorial Wall
          ➼ Funston Historical Home
          ➼ Allen County Historical Museum 
          ➼ Old Jail Museum


Explore the Outdoors 

Iola’s rural setting provides a peaceful location to get away. The area offers wonderful views, recreation, and relaxation. It includes: 

          ➼ Kansas’s best walking/running/biking trail network featuring:
                        > Prairie Spirit Trail
                        > Southwind Rail Trail
                        > Lehigh Portland Trails
                        > Missouri Pacific Recreational Trail
          ➼ Thrive Allen County’s FREE courtesy bicycles 
          ➼ Riverside Park’s 

                          > Ball Fields 
                          > Running Track
                          > Skate Park
                          > Water Park
                          > Playgrounds 

          ➼ Eight additional public parks 
          ➼ Elks Lake 
          ➼ Elm Creek Disc Golf
          ➼ Happy Tails Dog Park


Discover our Rich History

Cruise Iola’s tree-lined streets and encounter dozens of historical churches and homes displaying Victorian to Craftsman style architecture. Visit the local landmarks and discover the stories that helped shape the local culture into what it is today. 

          ➼ Allen County Museum
          ➼ Northrup House
          ➼ Civil War Statue
          ➼ Funston Historical Home
          ➼ Allen County Veterans Memorial Wall
          ➼ Old Jail Museum 


Join Our Events

Bring your family and friends to the Iola area’s seasonal and holiday celebrations. Stay the night at one of Iola’s hotels or stay longer at Experience the Lofts and AirBNB style accommodations. 

          ➼ Allen County Fair
          ➼ Farm City Days
          ➼ Veterans Day Parade & Memorial 
          ➼ Santa House on the Square
          ➼ Downtown Christmas Block Party
          ➼ Bowlus Fine Arts Center Musical & Performance Shows
          ➼ Iola Community Theatre Shows
          ➼ Iola Public Library Programs
          ➼ Fearless Fred Trolley Tours
          ➼ Allen Community College's
Sporting Events
Theatre, Musical & Art Showings
          ➼ Allen County Farmers Market
          ➼ Summer Lehigh Roots Festival at Elks Lake

Building our community since 1894

  • Allen County Regional Hospital
    Allen County Regional Hospital
  • The New Klein Lumber
    The New Klein Lumber
  • CASA
  • Access Realty
  • General Repair & Supply
  • Wingert Billboards
  • Mentzer Family Farm
    Mentzer Family Farm
  • Thrive Allen County
    Thrive Allen County
  • Cox Communications
    Cox Communications
  • Peerless
  • Russell Stover
    Russell Stover
  • TLC Garden Center
    TLC Garden Center
  • Names and Numbers
    Names and Numbers
  • Audacious Boutique
    Audacious Boutique
  • Sterling Six Cinema
    Sterling Six Cinema
  • April Kroenke Photography
    April Kroenke Photography
  • Alpha Dog Supply
    Alpha Dog Supply
  • Community National
  • Lou's
  • The Protein Place
  • T Mobile
    T Mobile
  • SEK Mental Health
    SEK Mental Health
  • Diversified INC
    Diversified INC
  • Crown Realty
  • United Tire Recyclers
    United Tire Recyclers
  • Farm Bureau-Jason Dreher
    Farm Bureau-Jason Dreher
  • Quality Automotive
    Quality Automotive
  • Rural Development Group
    Rural Development Group
  • Dr. Robert N Smith O.D,
    Dr. Robert N Smith O.D,
  • Johnson Schowengerdt PA
    Johnson Schowengerdt PA
  • Shaughnesssy Construction
    Shaughnesssy Construction

    Construction Company specializing in building homes.

  • Fillmore Coffee House & Plant Cafe
    Fillmore Coffee House & Plant Cafe
  • Since opening in 1985, 37 years here in Iola, our only purpose has been to provide freshly cooked Asian Cuisine and the warmest service to our customers and community. The owner is the Chef with 43 years experience since he learned how to cook in his family friend's European fine Chinese restaurant. Chef believes good food keeps the body in balance and works holistically to serve the health and wellness of each customer by consistently seeking to improve the dishes while serving home-made fresh and healthy authentic Asian foods. Visit China Palace soon!

  • C & J Mowing
    C & J Mowing

    Locally owned and operated residential and commercial lawn care service. Call today to schedule your home or business. (620)228-4622

  • Iola Public Library
    Iola Public Library
  • Allen County Commissioners
    Allen County Commissioners
  • Allen County Country Club
    Allen County Country Club
  • Allen County Fair Association
    Allen County Fair Association
  • Allen County Farm Bureau Association
    Allen County Farm Bureau Association
  • Capper Jewelry
    Capper Jewelry
  • Dale's Sheet Metal
    Dale's Sheet Metal
  • Funtastic Party Rentals
    Funtastic Party Rentals
  • Graceland Portable Buildings
    Graceland Portable Buildings
  • In Step Dance Academy
    In Step Dance Academy
  • Infinity Real Estate
    Infinity Real Estate
  • CDL Electric
    CDL Electric
  • Jock's Nitch
    Jock's Nitch
  • Jo's Men's Grooming
    Jo's Men's Grooming
  • Max Grundy Designs
    Max Grundy Designs
  • O'Shaughnessy Liquor
    O'Shaughnessy Liquor
  • HR Block
    HR Block
  • SEK Problem Gambling Task Force
    SEK Problem Gambling Task Force
  • Iola RV Park & Storage
    Iola RV Park & Storage
  • The Warehouse
    The Warehouse
  • The Wellness Studio
    The Wellness Studio
  • US Cellular
    US Cellular
  • Westco
  • Whisked Away Home Bakery
    Whisked Away Home Bakery
  • Yates Center Health & Rehab
    Yates Center Health & Rehab
  • The mission of the Pregnancy Resource Center is to offer life-affirming support through education and services to the communities of Southeast Kansas.

    We offer:
    HELP to those involved in a planned or unplanned pregnancy;

    HOPE with education on subjects that affect teens and young adults;

    HEALING to those who have made negative choices by sharing the positive things they can do to change their future.

    PRCSEK is committed to assisting pregnant women to carry their babies to term by providing emotional support and practical assistance.

    PRCSEK reaches out to the families who need a helping hand with special needs children, the rebellious child, and teens growing up thru life changes.

    Single and married parents will receive emotional support and instruction for the everyday living of their families and the community. Therefore, they can face the future with hope and plan constructively for themselves and their children.

    PRCSEK's goal is to touch lives with family building blocks.

    Location Directions
    1 South Jefferson Ave
    Iola, KS 66749

    Hours of Operation
    M-W-F: 9 AM - 12 PM
    Tues: 3 PM - 7PM

  • As a part of K-State Research and Extension, Southwind District programs present educational information and programming related to agriculture and natural resources, family and consumer sciences, 4-H youth development, and community vitality.

    We serve the people of Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson Counties and have offices in each of those counties.

    Our philosophy is to help people help themselves by taking university knowledge to where people live, work, and play. We work at being resonsive to the needs of the people by focusing our resources on providing quality information, education, and problem-solving for real concern. The information we provide is research-based and unbiased.

    Our Mission...

    "We are dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families and youth through integrated research, analysis and education."

    Our Vision...

    K-State Research and Extension is committed to expanding human capacity by delivering educational programs and technical information that result in improved leadership skills in the areas of communication, group dynamics, conflict resolution, issue analysis, and strategic planning that can enhance the economic viability and quality of life in communities.

  • O'Shaughnessy Liquor, LLC
    O'Shaughnessy Liquor, LLC
  • KJ Electrical Contracting LLC
    KJ Electrical Contracting LLC
  • Pachyy
  • Family owned and operated , authentic mexican restaurant

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