Paola, Kansas

Paola, Kansas

Paola is the county seat of Miami County. It was one of the original territorial counties organized in 1855.

Paola is located within two miles of the geographic center of the county. Situated on high rolling ground between Bull and Wea Creeks, Paola has an ideal location. Dr. David Lykins, a Baptist Missionary, started an Indian School one mile east of Paola in 1848. He continued the school until the Civil War threatened.

The Paola Square was given to the Town Company by Baptiste Peoria as he went into exile with his tribe to Oklahoma. The Town Company gave the land to the city with the provision that no buildings should be built upon it.

In 1855, the first production of petroleum products west of Pennsylvania was begun in Paola. Miami County was part of the Civil War foment swirling around slavery and the Civil War. The area began to grow after the Civil War.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Wallace Park

Playground, softball diamonds, tennis, basketball, picnic and playground areas. Home of the Miami County Fairgrounds and the Paola Aquatic Center.

Paola, KS Parks

Ursuline Sisters Academy

Home to the Sisters of Ursuline established in 1894, starting as a boarding school for Indians. Monumental cemetery, academy and farm buildings.

Paola, KS Historic Buildings

Paola Free Library

Established in 1872, over 30,000 materials.

Paola, KS Historic Buildings

Miami County Swan River Museum

Miami County Historical Museum is the one and only official source of Miami County, Kansas historical information. You will find the most extensive and detailed historical information and display of historic artifacts, writings, and photographs in all of Eastern Kansas.

Paola, KS Museums

Miami County Courthouse

Miami County still has its beautiful 19th century Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. The courthouse was built in 1898

Paola, KS Historic Courthouses

Things to do near Paola, KS

The Jayhawk

The legend of the Jayhawk States that: "Early one autumn morning in 1856, Pat Devilin, a Free-State Irishman, rode into Osawa...