While you're in Paola, stop by the red brick Community Center, which was built in 1916. In 2009, this historic building was extensively renovated and now features a 300-seat auditorium, 150-seat banquet room with a large kitchen, 30-person meeting room and 12 large studio rooms. Today, this magnificent structure is routinely used for weddings, meetings, conferences and receptions.
Another historic hot spot is the Spring Hill Historic Downtown District. Built in the 1890s, this is actually Spring Hill’s second downtown, created after the townspeople moved their original downtown a half-mile east to meet the new rail line. It turns out the plucky citizens refused to pay the $15,000 the railroad required to grade the land at the original site in the 1870s and opted to simply move their downtown instead.