Kansas Roadtrips: Iola

Iola is located South of Garnett on U.S. Route 169.

Iola is the scene of an upcoming gritty drama sequel to the Baywatch – Methwatch, where less toothy but a lot more animated characters save lives of unsuspecting citizens.

Even Coca Cola has to be taken in moderation here.

Just like many other small towns in Kansas, Iola’s downtown is well-preserved and fairly busy.

Most storefronts have something going on.

Even god’s own corporation “The One, Inc.” has it’s own store.

Christmas is on at the City Square:

For whatever reason the original Allen County Courthouse was replaced in 1959 with a bomb-shelter-looking building, but the clock and the bell were saved for the future generations and both are still operational.

Most towns in this area were built around the same time by the same crew of Mexican contractors and are very much alike.

Well, maybe not exactly alike.

From all over the world fans of General Funston come to Iola to pay tribute at his boyhood home.


The most flamboyant house in Iola…

…the least flamboyant…

…and somewhere in between.

Next stop- Chanute.

  • David Superdave Larson

    There are so many places to see and visit all in a easy days drive from Kansas City area. I use to go through the a lot back when I was fishing all the time on my way to Chanute to where a part of the club I was a member of was located. Now this was back before the highway bypassed the town as it does now. When you get close to Chanute if you see what looks like a police car on the side of the road with a load of radar guns pointed at you don’t sweat it it’s just M.P.H. Industries, Inc. of Chanute testing their radar guns out on the highway.

    • Didn’t see the radars, maybe I wasn’t paying attention.