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September 9, 2016 - 12:00 AM

For a business whose livelihood depends on current events, we at The Register realize it is our history that helps put today’s news in its proper context.

The recent development of bike paths crisscrossing the county, for example, takes on added significance when one realizes it was the dissolution of local train service that paved their way.

At one time, Iola served as a bustling depot for the Santa Fe and the Missouri Pacific Railroad. The Santa Fe’s overnight Oil Flyer streaked through Iola on its route from Tulsa to Kansas City. The passenger train made the 256-mile trip at an average 51 mph in about five hours. The Oil Flyer was taken to its celestial roundhouse in 1968.

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