Welcome to the Iola Area (2024)

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
➼ Coming Soon: Lehigh Portland State Park
➼ 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

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    Allen County Regional Hospital| St. Luke's Health System

  • Equal Housing Opportunity

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    The New Klein Lumber

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    CASA

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    Thrive Allen County

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    Peerless CAG

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    Russell Stovers Chocolates

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    TLC Garden Center

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    Names and Numbers

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    Audacious Boutique

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    April Kroenke Photography

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    Alpha Dog Supply

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    T Mobile

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    SEK Mental Health

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    Diversified Inc.

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    United Tire Recyclers

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    Farm Bureau-Jason Dreher Agent

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    Quality Automotive

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    Rural Asset Group

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    Dr. Robert N Smith O.D,

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    Johnson Schowengerdt PA

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    Shaughnesssy Construction

    Construction Company specializing in building homes.

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    Wild Bloom Coffee

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    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!

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    C & J Mowing

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

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    Iola Public Library

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    Allen County Commissioners

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    Allen County Country Club

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    Allen County Fair Association

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    Allen County Farm Bureau Association

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    ACMAT

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    Capper Jewelry

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    Dale's Sheet Metal

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    In Step Dance Academy

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    Infinity Real Estate

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    CDL Electric

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    Jock's Nitch

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    Jo's Men's Grooming

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    Max Grundy Designs

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    SKL Tax Service LLC DBA H&R Block

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    Iola RV Park & Storage

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    Wavelengths US Cellular

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    Westco

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    Yates Center Health & Rehab

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    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.

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    LOCATION
    1 South Jefferson Ave
    Iola, KS 66749

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

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    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.

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    O'Shaughnessy Liquor, LLC

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    KJ Electrical Contracting LLC

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    Family owned and operated , authentic mexican restaurant

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    SEK-CAP

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    Native Healing

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    Clock Tower Mercantile

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    Fellowship Christian Church

    FRC is a nondenominational, Bible believing church. We want to impact our community with the truth of the Gospel by loving those who are in need, speaking the truth of God's word, and honoring Jesus Christ as the King of heaven and earth.

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    Heartland Area Land Owners

    Heartland Area Land Owners (HALO) seeks to organize, educate, and engage member landowners to better advocate for their own land use priorities. Our landowner members are passionate about their land, our world, and stewarding the resources that feed America and power its economy.

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    The Mat

    An old School full service Laundry mat. Open 24/7.

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    Ad Astra Radio

    KIKS/KIOL

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    Bank of Commerce

    The Piqua State Bank was organized in 1910 by L. C. Neimann. During that same year the Farmers State Bank was opened in Piqua by George Wille. In 1914, the Wille family purchased the Piqua State Bank and merged the two banks under the name of the Piqua State Bank. John Wille, George Willis's son, owned and managed the bank for the next 50 years.

    The Bank was eventually purchased by Galen L. (Jack) Curry following his retirement from the Army. The Curry family has owned and operated the bank to this day. The bank is now the only locally owned locally operated bank in Woodson and Allen counties. Several Curry family members are employed by the bank and the bank continues to grow and prosper.

    It is the mission of the Piqua State Bank to maintain the safety of the depositor's money, maximize profits for the stockholders, and have a positive impact on the community.

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    Housing Authority City of Iola

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    Iola Rotary Club

    Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change.

    We are 1.2 million passionate individuals in 35,000+ clubs worldwide. We are both an international organization and a local community leader. Together we lead change in our own backyards and across the world.

    Mission
    As signified by the motto Service Above Self, RotaryÆs main objective is service ù in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians put Service Above Self worldwide.The Foundation's main program is to eradicate polio.

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    Farm Bureau Financial Services-Agent Jason Dreher

    Thanks for visiting we look forward to getting to know you and understanding your goals. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, we are here to help you plan for what is to come, protect what matters most, and invest in your future. We offer a wide range of insurance and financial products including auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, business insurance, farm and ranch insurance, financial planning services, investment planning, annuities, estate planning, college funding options and retirement planning. We are proud of our reputation for helping you in ways that smartphone apps and computer programs simply cannot.

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    Saki Sushi and Hibachi

    Saki Sushi and Hibachi Food Truck is ready to serve you authentic delicious Hibachi and Sushi dishes. Fresh food, authentic flavors served daily.

    Hours of Operation:

    Monday-Saturday 11am-8:30p
    Sunday CLOSED

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    United Country Deere Creek Realty

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    The United Methodist Church

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    Pour Choices

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    The Humanity House is dedicated to bridging the disconnect in our community through acts of kindness and volunteerism.

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