Iola’s railroad ties noted

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March 17, 2017 - 12:00 AM

As the ears pass, the evidence of Iola’s early love affair with trains has slowly melted away.

But ask the long-timers — the ones around when the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe still ferried passengers from Iola to Kansas City or Tulsa, or the Missouri Pacific line took folks to Wichita and beyond  — and you’ll see just how vital railroads were in shaping Iola, Allen County and much of southeast Kansas.

Iolan Donna Houser spoke about how trains figured into Iola’s early growth, and how other factors eventually derailed the notion of long-distance travel via passenger or box car.

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