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Sedalia MO 65301
Crown Hill Cemetery
In the northeastern portion of Sedalia near an area where in 1864, Civil War Confederate troops gathered to attack Union militia stationed in Sedalia, the City now owns, operates and maintains the Crown Hill Cemetery. This sprawling, sixty-acre cemetery site provides a serene final resting place for generations of Sedalians. The gently sloping terrain, dotted with groves of trees, is maintained year-round by Cemetery Staff.
Daum Museum of Contemporary Art
The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 2002 on the campus of State Fair Community College. The art collections and publications of the Daum shed light on the stimulating complexity of contemporary art. The museum exhibits selections from the permanent collection including paintings, drawings, prints, works in clay, and sculpture created in the mid-20th century.
Featured artists include Andy Warhol, Dale Chihuly, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Peter Voulkos, Louise Bourgeois, and Betty Woodman. The museum is named for its primary benefactor Harold Daum, who is a radiologist in Sedalia and an art collector. Many works from his collection were gifted to the museum’s personal collection and are on display.
Pettis County Courthouse
The county seat of Pettis County was moved from Georgetwon south to Sedalia on February 15, 1864. The first courthouse was of frame construction and was located on a corner of the alley on the west side of Ohio, between Second and Third Streets.
In 1884 a magnificent new courthouse was built on this block of land donated by General George R. Smith. The structure burned in 1920 and was replaced on its present location by the Classical Revival building in 1924. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed holidays.
Missouri State Fairgrounds
Sedalia has always played a key role in the state fair- even before the fair was established! N.H. Gentry, a Sedalia man, pushed the Missouri Swine Breeders Association to request that the General Assembly establish a state fair, which they did in 1901.Several cities were considered for the fair’s location, including Centralia, Chillicothe, Marshall, Mexico, Moberly– and Sedalia of course. Sedalia wooed the General Assembly with 150 acres of land donated by the Van Riper family, who also donated the land that the state capitol building sits on.
The first fair was held in Sedalia September 9-13, 1901. Over a century later it has moved to August and expanded to an 11 day affair and now takes up 396 acres. The fairgrounds are a historic district and are located at the intersection of West 16th Street (County Y) and South Limit Avenue (Hwy 65).
The George R. Smith College was a historically black college (HBCU) that taught a range of arts from its founding in 1884 until a fire destroyed the building in 1925. One of its most famous students- and one of Sedalia’s most celebrated residents- was ragtime composer Scott Joplin. The land where the college stood, which was just to the southwest of Crown Hill Cemetery, was donated by Sarah and Martha Elizabeth.
The women were the daughters of General George Rappeen Smith, who founded Sedalia. Sarah’s nickname was “Sed,” which led to the naming of the city. In honor of the family the college was named after the city founder.
Katy Trail State Park
Whether you are a bicyclist, walker, equestrian, nature lover, or history buff, the 225 miles of the Katy Trail State Park offer opportunities for recreation, a place to enjoy nature, and an avenue to discover the past. Sedalia hosts 2 trail heads for Katy Trail riders. Katy Depot Welcome Center at Mile Marker 227. The Missouri State Fairgrounds at Mile Marker 229
Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival
Known as the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin moved to Sedalia in 1894. He gave music lessons and performed at the various clubs around town. He was still living here when he wrote “Maple Leaf Rag” in 1899. While it wasn’t the first ragtime song, it quickly became the most popular.
To honor their favorite adopted son, Sedalia celebrated the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival every year. The 2012 festival rolls through town June 6-9.
Sedalia Regional Airport
The Sedalia Regional Airport, located on the northeastern side of Sedalia, services the aviation needs of the residents and businesses of Sedalia and Pettis County. Due its proximity to the Missouri State Fair and Whiteman Air Force Base, the Sedalia Regional Airport has welcomed well-known individuals including, but not limited to, country western performing artists Jason Aldean and Reba McEntire, comedian Bill Cosby and President Ronald Reagan.
The airport’s main runway (Runway 18-36) is a lighted 5,500′ x 100′ runway that can accommodate propeller and business jet aircraft. Secondary Runway 5-23 is a 3,520′ x 50′ runway that is not lighted.
The airport offers line service, ground transportation, airframe maintenance, aircraft service and repairs, restroom facilities and internet access. For user convenience, most major credit cards are accepted as payment for services and fees. The airport operates weekdays from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (summer), 7 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (winter) and on weekends from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Historic Fox Theater
The Fox Theater opened September 6, 1940 and was designed by the Boller Brothers, who designed many famous theaters across the midwest. It quickly became and institution of courthouse square and its superior accommodations- $75,000 worth- made it the premier location for night time entertainment.
The theater seats an audience of 900 and boasts a balcony along with lavish decor. It operated as a theater until the early 1980s, when it was abandoned and fell into disrepair.
Furnell Companies bought and renovated the theater into an event space in 2006. It’s now on the National Register of Historic Places.
City of Sedalia Municipal Building
Upon completion of Sedalia’s Municipal Building in 1973, 11 citizens were appointed to a Municipal Building Art Commission to choose artwork for it. The Commission invited Midwest artists to submit concepts for a mural. From over 21 bids submitted by artists from four different states, Eric Bransby, pictured here, was commissioned to execute the “Sedalia Murals.”
At the time he painted the Sedalia murals, Bransby was an art professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was born on Oct. 25, 1916 and studied under Thomas Hart Benton at the Kansas City Art Institute. In 1984, Mr. Bransby retired from full-time teaching and moved to Colorado Springs, Colo. where he still resides.
Mr. Bransby, with input from the Art Commission, carefully researched Sedalia’s history in order to tell our City’s story through skilled symbolism. Please feel free to seek out the many figures noted in each mural, from the Osage Indians to Scott Joplin. We invite you to share in the joy of Eric Bransby’s art.
Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
Lawyer John Homer Bothwell was one of Sedalia’s greatest benefactors as well as a man with eclectic tastes. Over the course of 30 years, he built this 31-room, 12,000 square foot estate as a recreational lodge that he enjoyed with his friends.
It sits atop three natural caves and overlooks a bluff, giving it one of the best views around. Bothwell spent a good deal of time developing the area as a recreational retreat for friends and family, whom he referred to as the Bothwell Lodge Club. He bequeathed it to the Club when he died in 1929. They continued to enjoy the estate until 1969, when it was offered to the state of Missouri.
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources developed the Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site, allowing the land to continued to be enjoyed as a recreational retreat, just as Bothwell intended.
The park offers three miles of hiking and biking trails, a picnic area completed with shelter, tables, and a playground, and tours of the historic structures on site.