The land that would become Iola, Kansas was surveyed and platted in 1859. By 1865, Iola was named the seat of Allen County. The discovery of natural gas pools in the late 1800s led to great expansion and growth. Companies including Gates Rubber Company, Haldex and Russell Stover’s Candies help sustain a solid economic base in Iola, KS and the surrounding region.
Unified School District #257 is comprised of three elementary schools, one middle school, one high school and a learning center. Allen Community College operates an Iola Campus which offers a wide range of accessible and affordable educational programs. Allen County Regional Hospital is an accredited, critical-access hospital featuring a staff of primary care physicians and specialists. Major industry in Allen County includes Columbia Metal Products, TRAMEC LLC, Cameron International and Sonic Equipment Company.
Eastern Kansas experiences a humid subtropical climate. Measurable precipitation in Iola falls on an average of 61 days out of the year and includes 42 inches of rain and nine inches of snow. Sunshine is ample on more than 200 days each year with four distinct seasons of weather occurring.
Much of the history remains prominent in Iola, KS with attractions such as Allen County Historical Society Museum, Old Allen County Jail and General Funston Boyhood Home and Museum. Bowlus Fine Arts Center attracts acclaimed performers and houses a fine arts education center. Iola Community Theater productions and the Buster Keaton Celebration are among the numerous events held at Bowlus Fine Arts Center. Iola Municipal Pool, Riverside Park and Davis Athletic Fields are popular recreation facilities in Iola. Allen County Fair, Farm City Days and Municipal Band Concerts are special events held locally.