In this photo is the old jail. Much like the jail in Nevada, Missouri this was built strong to keep prisoners in. Such sturdy construction has kept the building in nearly original condition without major repairs. The jail is about one block from northeast of the courthouse. Tours are given at 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Contact the people at the history museum to arrange a tour.
This is probably in bad taste but I could not resist. On the west edge of Iola there is a cemetary and the cemetary has a dead end sign. It is a little bit funny if you think about it.