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Sedalia Weekly

By | 2017-12-18T23:25:43+00:00 June 20th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton Now all this weekly Sedalia place name business was instigated by an eBay sale I made awhile back. This is a photo of my purchase and If you will observe carefully I think you will see why I was so intrigued. In case you are having a hard time making out the inscriptions here’s what they read: Sedalia Sedalia Plantation 51 and The bearer is authorized To be in Natchez At any hour With Buggy and Horse 1830 This is a slave tag from a Louisiana Plantation and since I have nearly used up my allotted space for the week, I’ll continue this gruesome story. Before I end however, I want to be sure you noted the date on this tag and remember that George R. Smith founded his Sedalia [...]

Sedalia, South Carolina

By | 2017-12-18T23:23:17+00:00 June 20th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton We have only one more state to visit to round out our collection of Sedalia community place names. South Carolina’s Sedalia also has an interesting history and like most of the others it is probably linked to Missouri’s Sedalia but again there is no direct reference to the name’s origin and there are other interesting possibilities. Sedalia, South Carolina is in the Sumpter National Forest about 40 miles south of Spartenburg in Union County. Like the others along the east coast, it is in the Piedmont just east of the Blue Ridge mountains. The Sedalia place name is applied to a road, lake, camp grounds and variety of physical features and they are all mingled among the Sumpter and Marion (Francis of Revolutionary War fame) place names of the region. [...]

Sedalia, North Carolina

By | 2017-12-18T23:21:15+00:00 May 23rd, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton For a change it is nice to drive into a state and find an actual Sedalia again. North Carolina’s version isn’t very large but after chasing down phantoms in Kentucky and Tennessee its nice to actually see a city limit sign and find a city website on the Internet. So let’s take a look... Today Sedalia is a suburb of Greensboro about 10 miles away to the west and about the same distance to Durham on the east. It boasts a population of about 623 and as we drive through town we find it well spread out with houses spread thinly through the Piedmont woods of eastern Guilford County in the central part of the state. Though people have been living in this area for centuries, Sedalia as an actual [...]

Sedalia, Tennesee

By | 2017-12-18T23:19:19+00:00 May 18th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton As I was about to head down the East Coast, I stumbled upon another inland Sedalia, this time in Tennessee. I found it hiding in Hancock County nestled in a crotch just east of Wallen’s Ridge about an hour east of the Cumberland Gap right on the Virginia state line. According to U.S. Post Office records, New Sedalia had its own post office from 1875 until 1895 however, it gained rural route service in 1903 apparently out of Sneedville.1 There are no signs of it on maps today. A fascinating factoid about this Sedalia is that it was known for the Melungeon people who had settled there. The encyclopedia defines this group as of mixed European, African and Native American lineage. They were an often maligned people dealt with more [...]

Sedalia in the Old Dominion

By | 2017-12-18T23:17:19+00:00 May 18th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton Considering that West Virginia was split off of the state of Virginia during the Civil War in 1863, I didn’t anticipate finding a Sedalia in the Old Dominion. Nevertheless, there it is so I presume it preceded West Virginia’s but can find out little about it’s origin. As I google down beautiful State Road 122, also known as Big Island Highway, in Bedford County, I come to S.R. 638 and the “Sedalia Country Store”. Now if I take Charlmont Road North, I come to the Sedalia Baptist Church. However, if I take the Sedalia School Road South I come to Sedalia Center. The Center is a 17 acre retreat and festival facility “under” the Blue Ridge Mountains with an energetic calendar of events. 1 I also discover that Sedalia VA [...]

Sedalia, West VA

By | 2017-12-18T23:11:18+00:00 May 17th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton I’m back in the states this week...West Virginia specifically and I’m winding my way through the Ohio River Valley in the northwestern part of the state next to the Allegheny Culberland Plateau. Eventually I come upon the tiny impoverished little burg of Sedalia, West Va. It is on Highway 23, a state road that snakes its way through the foothills entwining with the meandering Robinson Folk river which eventually finds its way to the Ohio. Shanties, rusting mobile homes and picturesque footbridges line the road. Sedalia is in Dodderidge County1. The place was settled in 1837 but not incorporated until 1888 when it was named. 2 The Virginia Place Names Book indicates it was probably named for a local resident’s given name but we can figure given the date that [...]

Sedalia in Canada

By | 2017-12-18T23:07:51+00:00 May 11th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton This time I managed to find a Sedalia on foreign soil (just barely a place however). Basic information is that this Sedalia was founded in 1925 when a local railroad trunk line came through but it was torn out in 1979. Albertans call it a hamlet and it is situated in the southeastern part of the province known as Special Area No. 3 (a not so picturesque name for a municipality in an area run by a provincially appointed board due I suppose to their exceptionally small population). In fact there is a cluster of these Special Areas in the region. The railroad connection and relatively recent date would lead us to believe that this Sedalia is named for Missouri’s. Such a regally classical name seems to be squandered on [...]

Sedalia, Kentucky

By | 2017-12-18T23:05:30+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton After wandering out west, I’ll cyber-saunter down to Sedalia, Kentucky in Graves County, current population 315. It is about 35 miles south of Paduca just a spit and slobber from the Tennessee state line. This has to be my favorite Sedalia place name story…true or not. It seems Sedalia, KY was established in 1879 just as the beautiful young daughter of one of the founders caught the attention of an eager suitor who was fond of repeating that he was going, “to see Dalia”. That quickly became one word and the new community was christened Sedalia.1 If that’s not true, it ought to be! I only hope the young man’s visitations resulted in a long and happy marriage for Dalia from Sedalia. The Illinois Central Railroad reached Fulton, KY ten [...]

Sedalia, Texas

By | 2017-12-18T23:03:20+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton While I’m out west I’ll head down to Texas and regale you with that bit of Lone Star Sedaliana. Sedalia, Texas, it was established in 1887 and was about 50 miles North of Dallas, 30 miles from Plano on the Collin-Grayson County border. If Sedalia, Colorado was but a burp on the map, the Texas cousin is barely a whimper. And as for the name, the founders are known but not even the Texas state place names site bothers to trace a lineage. This is M.K.T RR country though (a branch goes through nearby Van Alstyne to the West and another to the East) so we can assume one of the founders got the name from a timetable brochure or maybe even one of them came through the Missouri town [...]

Sedalia, Illinois

By | 2017-12-18T23:01:27+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton The mysterious fellow whose hometown of Sedalia, Illinois named the Indiana berg also gave his own name to Moran, Indiana down the road. However, this is the extent of information I can garner on the Illinois, Sedalia. Given the date of the Indiana settlement as 1872-3, Moran must not have lived in Sedalia, Illinois as his hometown for much more than a decade, assuming it was named for our Sedalia in Missouri.1 The dates of the Vandalia Railroad are also variable as it came and went as a part of other lines over the years. In addition an 1907 ad lists the RR’s headquarters as Sedalia , Illinois so I may have to revisit Illinois again when I have time to do some railroad research. However, while prowling place names [...]

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