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Founded: 1856, Pop: (2000) 5,011. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 4,715, an increase of 17 since 1990. Elev: 900 ft.

Paola is located in Miami County, (of which it is the county seat and the largest community).

Paola is part of the Kansas City, Missouri-Kansas metro area. Hillsdale State Park, one of the newest reservoirs in Kansas is nearby, to the north.

The Native American that have lived in Miami County are the Miamis, the Confederated tribes, the Pottawatomies and the Shawnees. The Confederated Tribes were composed of the Weas, Piakeshaws, Peorias and Kaskaskias. They inhabited the northern part of the county, bordering the Shawnee Reservation.

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07/04 Coming to The area
Heart of America Shakespeare Festival Kansas City MO June18-July7 The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival is set under the stars in South Moreland Park near Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. It is a perfect way to spend a summer evening with family and friends. They have several programs to study and explore such as Speaker's Bureau and Poster and Sonnet Contest. The faculty includes theatre professionals, actors, and educators experienced in performing and teaching Shakespeare. Many of the instructors are veterans of festival productions.

Greater Kansas Citry Japan Festival Kansas City MO October6 Cekebrating the cultural of Japan.