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There is always a lot going on in Sedalia. We will keep you updated on the latest news and happenings here!


By |2018-05-08T22:33:42-05:00May 8th, 2018|News|

The Sedalia Katy Depot, a restored historic landmark is a moving symbol of one of Sedalia's great periods in its history--the railroad era.  Today, the Depot tells many other stories about Sedalia's grand past; one of those gaining excitement is an archive project about its musical heritage of Ragtime music and its greatest composer, Scott Joplin--the "King of Ragtime." Activity involving the Sedalia Ragtime Archive continues to grow as more people learn of its mission.  Major contributions of sheet music, piano rolls and miscellaneous ephemera were donated this past year. A most unexpected contribution came from Mr. Charles Hanna who donated copies of 40 letters he and Rosemary Burrowes received from Brunson Campbell between1945 and 1950.  Hanna and Burrowes were the editors of the Sedalia Capital and Sedalia Democrat newspapers during that period. Charles collected and archived Campbell’s letters encouraging Sedalia to memorialize Joplin [...]

2018 National Derby Rallies Nationals

By |2017-12-19T22:21:58-06:00December 5th, 2017|News|

The Sedalia Area Convention and Visitors Bureau works hard to recruit sporting groups to our city, build relationships and support visitors’ needs. We burst with pride when an organization that has many other location options chooses Sedalia to hold its event! So, it is with great pleasure that the Sedalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with National Derby Rallies, Inc., announces that the 2018 National Derby Rallies Nationals will be held at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia from June 30 through July 4, 2018! The NDR Championship will be held in conjunction with Sedalia’s Independence Day Celebration. According to Keri Hayes, President of NDR, Inc., “Whiteman Air Force Base will be supporting the NDR Nationals as well.” She goes on to say, “we are so excited to be collaborating with these partnerships. Between celebrating the Fourth of July [...]

Sedalia Weekly

By |2017-12-18T23:25:43-06:00June 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 |2017-12-18T23:23:17-06:00June 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 |2017-12-18T23:21:15-06:00May 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 |2017-12-18T23:19:19-06:00May 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 |2017-12-18T23:17:19-06:00May 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 |2017-12-18T23:11:18-06:00May 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 |2017-12-18T23:07:51-06:00May 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 |2017-12-18T23:05:30-06:00April 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 |2017-12-18T23:03:20-06:00April 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 |2017-12-18T23:01:27-06:00April 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 [...]

Sedalia, Indiana

By |2017-12-18T22:57:54-06:00April 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 |2017-12-18T22:51:59-06:00April 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 |2017-12-18T22:43:13-06:00April 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 |2017-12-18T22:41:44-06:00March 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 |2017-12-18T22:38:13-06:00March 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 |2017-12-18T22:35:19-06:00March 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 |2017-12-18T22:34:01-06:00February 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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