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Sedalia, Indiana

By | 2017-12-18T22:57:54+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton In my pilgrimage to trace all the Sedalia communities on the map, I came upon quite a quagmire when I arrived in what was supposed to be Sedalia, Indiana. Oh, it is there for sure about 60 miles north of Indianapolis in the center of the state. However it is not exactly the pride of Owen Township in Clinton County. This unincorporated blip on the map was platted out in 1873 by James A. Campbell and Jackson B. McCune who build the first house and was the first postmaster. There is a record of William Miller’s first store, Allen Branch’s first established blacksmith forge and the village even had a physician, Dr. Keeny.1 Though it still retains a remotely managed post office under the direction of the Rossville P.O. since [...]

Sedalia Coal Mining Company of Cleveland

By | 2017-12-18T22:51:59+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton I continue my cyber-pilgrimage seeking Sedalia shrines, this time with what I thought would be a brief stop in Ohio. I’m still on Dalia’s trail, too, so I may have to return to the Bluegrass State shortly. When I began my Ohio visit quickly discerned that this Sedalia poses an interesting quandry. It is actually the U.S. Post Office name for the town of Midway in Madison County, population 322, 35 miles SW of Columbus. However, don’t send mail to Midway, send it to Sedalia 43151. Over the last fifty years or so, at least in local papers, Sedalia seemed to be the preferred name but recently Midway has emerged as the community’s preference. Actually the place was originally called Crossroad and only adopted the postal name of Sedalia in [...]


By | 2017-12-18T22:43:13+00:00 April 12th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton While enjoying the Sedalia, Kentucky story (there just has to have been a Dalia) I stumbled across another on-line Missouri place-names book and lo and behold just as I suspected. Henry Gannett says definitively that Sedalia’s first name was Sadieville using Sarah Smith’s nickname and negating Hasting’s account in the founder’s biography.… 'Sedalia; city in Pettis County, Missouri. A modification of the original name Sadieville, having been named for the daughter of Gen. G.R. Smith' So with a new name to trace I went to my trusty Gazatteer/Place Names Book to find that the state of Kentucky has a Sadieville and like a speeding bullet (more like a lobbed shot put) I checked out this new comunitiy with a “Cabbage Patch Doll” place name. Sadieville KY, population 263 in 2000 [...]

Sedalia sights on the Internet

By | 2017-12-18T22:41:44+00:00 March 16th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton Browsing for Sedalia sights on the Internet, especially on archival newspaper sites often brings up Sedalia Mining Companies (SMC). Today it is easy to forget that mining was a very popular commercial enterprise in not only Sedalia, Missouri but around the mid-west from the Minnesota Mesabi Range down through our Ozark region. In fact the first European related place name in the area was the Lamine (La mine) River. After the French trappers explored the Midwest, the miners came next and when gold and silver eluded them, they sought, metals, coal and salt. The vital salt licks of Missouri drew Nathan Boone into Central Missouri and Saline County to the north evinces the importance of salt to the early settlers. Thus is was no surprise to find Nineteenth Century Sedalians [...]

Another Sedalia in Colorado

By | 2017-12-18T22:38:13+00:00 March 9th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton First, however, I realize I didn’t adequately locate Sedalia, Colorado which is about 25 miles South of Denver, 30 minutes away by I-25 in Douglas County. While I was roaming around the Centennial State, I popped over to Salida (that’s the right spelling) in Chaffee County about 100 miles west of Colorado Springs through Canon City and checked out the famous Sedalia Copper Mine there. I discovered cyber-surfing for historic material on this famous operation produced a mother load of data on ore tonages but little on actual history. After all I realized that this hole in the mountain opened in 1881 had been the largest copper producer in Colorado for years (and that excludes the zinc, gold and silver added to the claim). So after browsing endless sites my [...]

15 states with Sedalia

By | 2017-12-18T22:35:19+00:00 March 2nd, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton I’ve been pursuing the origin(s) of Sedalia’s name for some time now since it is now synonymous with the birth of Classic Ragtime and is recognized as a place where America’s music began. But, of course, there are all those other Sedalia’s chartographically sprinkled over the continental United States like pepper flakes ground from a single peppercorn so as to raise the question of the name’s origin. So far I have located over 15 states with Sedalia place names and one Canadian province. At this point streets, parks, golf courses, churches, cemeteries and schools bearing the appellation are too numerous to research. Thus, I begin by trolling for the origins of the state names. My first assumption was that cities West of Missouri and those on on major rail lines [...]

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor’s Bureau Blog

By | 2017-12-18T22:34:01+00:00 February 24th, 2016|News|

A Sedalia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Blog By L.C. Melton Working on the Sedalia Ragtime Archive has frequently led me out of the intoxicating realm of syncopation and into the other fascinating aspects of old “Sedville’s” saga. We’ve all heard the story of Sedalia’s naming, but as I probe the accumulating depths of our magnificent cyber space archive, I find some blemishes on “that old chestnut” and have begun to seriously doubt the venerable founder’s story… First, though to recount the tale…according to George R. Smith’s oldest daughter when the town was moved from Georgetown down to meet the railroad, the General decided to name the new community after his daughter Sarah (since he said he had already named a flatboat after his other daughter, Margaret.) Supposedly Sarah’s nickname was “Sed” so George settled on Sedville. However a St. Louis [...]

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