DescriptionIn the spring of 1855 a party of pro-slavery men founded a town about a mile and a half southwest of where Iola now stands. They named the town Cofachique in honor of a Native American chief, and it became the seat of Allen County. Four years later, area residents decided to establish a new county seat and chose the name Iola after Iola Colborn, wife of the man who built the town’s first frame house.
The town expanded rapidly after commercial quantities of natural gas were discovered in 1894, but the boom ended around 1910 after wastefulness depleted the gas deposits. Some factories remained in business, and in the early 1970s Iola saw a new wave of factory building.
Cultural events take place at Bowlus Fine Arts and Cultural Center, 205 E. Madison Ave.; phone (620) 365-4765.
Visitor InfoIola Area Chamber of Commerce & Office of Tourism 208 W. Madison Ave. IOLA, KS 66749. Phone:(620)365-5252
Things to SeeAllen County Historical Museum