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Sedalia, Missouri
—  City  —
Location of Sedalia, Missouri
Coordinates: 38°42′11″N 93°13′52″W / 38.70306°N 93.23111°W / 38.70306; -93.23111Coordinates: 38°42′11″N 93°13′52″W / 38.70306°N 93.23111°W / 38.70306; -93.23111
Country United States
State Missouri
County Pettis
Government
 - Mayor Elaine Horn
Area
 - Total 12.0 sq mi (31.0 km2)
 - Land 12.0 sq mi (31.0 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 909 ft (277 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 20,339
 Density 1,700.8/sq mi (656.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 65301-65302
Area code(s) 660
FIPS code 29-66440[1]
GNIS feature ID 0729812[2]
Website www.cityofsedalia.com

Sedalia is a city located about 30 miles (48 km) south of the Missouri River in Pettis County, Missouri. U.S. Highway 50 and U.S. Highway 65 intersect in the city. As of 2006, the city had a total population of 20,669.[3] It is the county seat of Pettis County.[4] The Sedalia Micropolitan Statistical Area consists of Pettis County. Sedalia is the location of the Missouri State Fair and the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival.[1]

Contents

History

Indigenous peoples lived along the Missouri River and its tributaries for thousands of years before European contact. Historians believe the entire area around Sedalia was first occupied by the Osage (among historical American Indian tribes). When the land was first settled by European Americans, bands of Shawnee who had migrated from the East lived in the vicinity of Sedalia.[5]

The area that became the city of Sedalia was founded by General George Rappeen Smith (1804–1879), who went on to found nearby Smithton, Missouri. He filed plans for the official record on November 30, 1857, and gave the area the name Sedville.[6] The original plat included the land from today's Missouri Pacific Railroad south to Third Street. In addition, the version filed jointly by General Smith and David W. Bouldin (?-1893) on October 16, 1860, displayed the city spreading from Clay Street to the north and to Smith Street (i.e., today's Third Street) in the south, and from Missouri Street in the west to Washington Street in the east. Smith and Bouldin anticipated that the city would grow to the north; however, it grew in a southern direction.[7]

During the American Civil War, the military had an installation in the area, adding to its boomtown atmosphere. With the coming of two railroads connecting it to other locations, in the post-Civil War period, Sedalia grew at a rapid pace, with a rough energy of its travelers and cowboys. From 1866-1874, it was a railhead terminus for cattle drives and stockyards occupied a large area. At the same time, the town established schools for both white and black children, churches, and other civic amenities.[8]

In the 19th century, Sedalia was well known as a center of vice, especially prostitution, that accompanied its large floating class of railroad workers and commercial travelers. In 1877 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch called Sedalia the "Sodom and Gomorrah of the nineteenth century." Middle-class businessmen made money off illegal prostitution as building owners and lessees; others did business with people in the industry, who banked, used lawyers, etc. in town. Reluctant to raise taxes, residents allowed money to run the city and provide services to be raised from fines charges to prostitutes. In the 1870s brothels were distributed throughout the city, but in the 1890s, they became more concentrated above businesses on West Main Street, as the middle class tried to isolate less desirable elements.[9]

While the city attracted many commercial travelers and railroad workers, its population of married couples also grew. By 1900 having a population over 15,000, it was the fifth-largest city in the state. It had developed an entrepreneurial middle class that created separations between its residential areas and those of working class and African Americans.[10]

During World War II, the military built Sedalia Glider Base in Johnson County to the west. After the war, this was passed to the Strategic Air Command and converted to a bomber base, the Whiteman Air Force Base, named after a man from Sedalia killed in the 1941 Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor. After a massive construction program, the base became the center of 150 ICBM silos and administrative offices. These were decommissioned in the 1990s.

Name

Until the city was incorporated in 1860 as Sedalia, it had only existed "on paper" (i.e., from November 30, 1857 to October 16, 1860). According to local lore, the town council changed the name from Sadieville to Sedalia in part because "towns that end in -ville don't amount to anything." (Lawrence Ditton, Sr.). Here is another account:

In 1856 General Smith bought the land upon which Sedalia now stands, and founded the city. He named it after his daughter Sarah, familiarly known as "Sed". Smith remarked that he had previously named a flatboat for her elder sister Martha. He first chose the name Sedville but changed it to Sedalia,[11] following the suggestion of a friend, Josiah Dent, of St. Louis. Dent suggested the change for the sake of euphony.[12]

Growth

1881 advertisement for the K-T line

Sedalia had a population of around 300 people in 1860, and what Ihrig et al. (1960 p. 12) describe as a "bona fide population" of around 1,000 in 1865.[13]

According to Ihrig et al., (1960 p. 123) Sedalia's population grew as follows:

  • 1870: 4,560
  • 1880: 9,561
  • 1890: 14,068
  • 1900: 15,231
  • 1910: 17,8221
  • 1920: 21,144
  • 1930: 20,806
  • 1940: 20,428
  • 1950: 20,354
  • 1960: 28,000-30,000 (estimated)[14]

Railhead

Following a victory for those proposing the "ridge route" for the railway over those advocating the "river route", the railway reached Sedalia in January 1861.[15] Sedalia's early prosperity was directly related to the railroad industry. Many jobs were associated with men maintaining tracks and operating large and varied machine shops run by both the Missouri Pacific and the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad lines. The Missouri-Kansas & Texas Railroad was most widely known as the "KATY", from its "K-T" stock exchange code.

Sedalia was an important railhead for the massive Texas cattle drive of 1866 and maintained stockyards to receive cattle from drives and shipping through much of the 19th century.

A Texas Longhorn

Chicago slaughterhouses were willing to pay almost any price [for beef]—longhorns were worth three to four dollars each on the Llano Estacado while in Chicago a steer was worth ten times that amount. It cost about a dollar per head to drive a herd northward to a railroad, and thus with these simple economics, the long drive and the cattle bonanza got its start.
During the spring and summer of 1866, some 260,000 head followed the trail to Sedalia, Missouri, the terminus of the Missouri Pacific Railway." (McComb, 1989, p.84).

For nearly a century, Sedalia's economy was tied to the railroads. By the end of the 19th century, the MK&T had numerous buildings and a wide variety of workers in the city: the MK&T shops, stockyards, round house and the hospital for employees working on the Sedalia Division were among the Katy’s properties in Sedalia.

Today the "KATY Trail" is the nickname of the 225-mile-trail following the railroad right-of-way through much of Missouri. It is used by bikers and walkers. This has been the largest in the nation among the late 20th-century federal and state "Rails to Trails" projects.

Civil War

Sedalia was made a military post early in the war and remained such until its close in 1865. For this reason it was an active theatre of operations for military supplies and an objective point for capture by "the boys in gray". Confederate raids into Pettis County, and the offensive and defensive activities of Union troops against them, kept the inhabitants of Sedalia in [a] high state of excitement. The progress of the city was retarded [during that time]. Sentiment in the county was about evenly divided.[16]

During the Civil War, despite the presence of the Union soldiers guarding the railroad, Sedalia was almost taken by the Confederate forces of Major General Sterling Price. Some 1,500 of Shelby's Shelby's Iron Brigade cavalry associated with Price's Missouri Expedition surrounded Sedalia, overpowered the Union militia that were under the command of Colonel John D. Crawford and Lieutenant Colonel John [?D.] Parker, and began to loot and sack the town on October 15, 1864.[17] Once Confederate General M. Jeff Thompson arrived in Sedalia, he ordered his men to stop the destruction, and moved them on, leaving Sedalia once again in Union hands.[18]

While the Civil War delayed the building of the town, it also meant that Sedalia was the terminus of the railroad for three years. Once the war was over, many of the thousands of Union soldiers who had been stationed more or less permanently at Sedalia and recognized its potential, made the choice to migrate there from their pre-war homes in other locations across the United States. The population grew rapidly.[19]

20th century - present

The expansion of the railroad and cattle drives in the late 19th century brought many male laborers to the rough town on the frontier. It sparked the related rise of a notorious "red light district", with numerous prostitutes who did business with the men.

As more families settled in the area, the culture changed. In the 20th century, structural changes in the railroads meant the loss of many industrial jobs. The city and region have had to create a new economy, and they have built on the colorful history of the town, identifying many significant historic structures. People enjoy shopping for good quality retail and craft items in the historic districts and buildings of the city.

Registered Historic Places

The following Sedalia locations have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places:[20]

  • Building at 217 West Main Street, former brothel
  • C.C. Hubbard High School
  • Harris House
  • Hotel Bothwell
  • McVey School
  • Missouri State Fairgrounds Historic District
  • Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad Depot
  • Missouri/Sedalia Trust Company
  • Sedalia Commercial Historic District
  • Sedalia Public Library
  • William H. Gentry House

Geography

Sedalia is located at 38°42'11" North, 93°13'52" West (38.702918, -93.231147).[21] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12 square miles (31 km²), none of which is covered by water.

Climate

Sedalia has a typical temperate climate. As with most continental climates, the micropolitan area has four seasons. Springs here are noted for their rainy days and variable temperatures. Thunderstorms are common and tornadoes occur during this time of year. Summers are usually hot and dry, with droughts occurring during several summers. Autumns are usually cool and rainy, although several days of warm weather are not uncommon. Winters are generally cold, with accumulating snow several days of the winter season. Although not as common, ice storms can and do occur as well.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there are 20,339 people in the city, organized into 8,628 households and 5,228 families. The population density is 1,700.8 people per square mile (656.6/km²). There are 9,419 housing units at an average density of 787.6/sq mi (304.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 88.62% White, 4.95% African American, 0.40% Asian, 0.39% Native American, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.75% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. 5.55% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 8,628 households out of which 28.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% are non-families. 33.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 14.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.32 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the city the population is spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $28,641, and the median income for a family is $34,938. Males have a median income of $28,208 versus $19,520 for females. The per capita income for the city is $15,931. 15.3% of the population and 12.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 20.8% of those under the age of 18 and 10.5% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Culture

Carnegie Library

The Sedalia Public Library was the first Carnegie Grant awarded in Missouri. The Board of Trustees received word of the $50,000 grant in the fall of 1899. After securing the property on which to build, and having gained voter approval of a tax to support the library, the Board laid the corner-stone in 1900. The building was completed in July 1901.[22] Dedicated in 1901, the library is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Museums

Sedalia is home to the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art,[2] named after its primary benefactor, Sedalia radiologist and art collector Harold Daum. The museum, located on the State Fair Community College campus, is home to the works of many famous artists including Dale Chihuly (1941-), Sam Francis (1923–1994), Helen Frankenthaler (1928-), Sol LeWitt (1928–2007), Robert Motherwell (1915–1991), Julian Schnabel (1951-), and Andy Warhol (1928–1987).

The 16,000-square-foot (1,500 m2) museum, designed by St. Louis-based Gunn & Smith Architects, features three stories of gallery space—including a 3,400-square-foot (320 m2) main gallery with a translucent clerestory, a cantilevered stairway, a two-story atrium, and an open-air sculpture court.[3] It features both permanent displays as well as temporary displays from world renowned artists.[23]

The old Wheel Inn Drive In restaurant

State Fair

Since 1901, the Missouri State Fair has been held in Sedalia every August, with the exception of 1943 and 1944 because of World War II. Many singers and actors make the annual trip to the fair. Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, and other presidents have given speeches on the fairgrounds, though not during the State Fair.

In 1974, the Missouri State Fairgrounds was the site of the the Ozark Music Festival, one of the largest but least remembered major music festivals of the 1970s. While the plan was for the pop/rock/bluegrass festival's selling about 50,000 tickets, an influx of about 184,000 fans and many rock bands strained the capacity of the fairgrounds and the city. Some estimates put the crowd count at 350,000 people. It counts as one of the largest music events (Rock Festivals) in history. The festival, hosted by Wolfman Jack, took out a full-page ad in Rolling Stone magazine and attracted people from outside the region.

Film

Minuteman II missile launch

In the American television movie The Day After (1983), aired by ABC, Sedalia is destroyed when enemies attack the Minuteman II Missile silos around the area. At the time of the movie's release, 150 of the missiles were located in the Sedalia area in underground silos. They had been sited there since activation in early 1964 of the first Minuteman missiles under the control of the 351st Missile Wing located at Whiteman Air Force Base. The release of the movie led to a significant (if belated) increase in local community concern about the missiles. Concern remained higher until all the missiles were dismantled between 1992 and 1997 as a result of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the U.S. and Russia.

Sedalia was featured in two widely seen 1977 films: Heroes, starring Henry Winkler and Harrison Ford; and Scott Joplin [4], starring Billy Dee Williams.

Sedalia was mentioned briefly in the motion picture MASH. Parts of the 1941 film Bad Men of Missouri are set in Sedalia. The city was mentioned in Old Yeller.

Television

The classic, long running Western series Rawhide, which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1966, featured Sedalia as a destination for cattle drives. It starred Eric Fleming as the "trail boss", Gil Favor, and the emerging Clint Eastwood as the "ramrod" (i.e., second in charge), Rowdy Yates.

Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, 1990

Music

Sedalia is well known as the adopted home of ragtime music's most well known musician and stylist Scott Joplin.

In 1935, in the midst of the depression which affected Sedalia severely, music loving citizens formed the Sedalia Symphony Society and established a Symphony orchestra, which, as the second oldest in Missouri, celebrated its 75 season in 2009-2010.

Sedalia has been the host to several rock and roll events, such as the Ozark Music Festival in 1974, and the Delicious Rox Festival in 2006.

Little Sister of Liberty

In 1950, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary—which had the theme of "Strengthen the Arm of Liberty"[24]—the Boy Scouts of America donated two hundred 8 ft 6in (260 cm) copper replicas of the Statue of Liberty, which were known collectively as the "Little Sisters of Liberty", to various communities in 39 states of the U.S. The project was the brainchild of the Scout Commissioner of the (then) Kansas City Area Council, Kansas City businessman, J.P. Whitaker.

One of the two hundred replicas was donated to Sedalia; and it was installed at the County Courthouse.[25][26]

Boy Scouts of America in Missouri.

According to the 1937 book "The History of the Boy Scouts of America" by William D. Murray,Boy Scouts of America the first Boy Scout Troop in Missouri, and one of the first Boy Scout Troops in America was formed in Sedalia in 1909 by an Englishman, a year before the Boy Scouts of America was officially chartered on February 8, 1910.

Media

Senator Truman speaking in Sedalia, July 1940

Newspapers

A number of newspapers have been published in Sedalia, in alphabetical order:

  • The Daily Democrat (1871–1873)
  • The Independent Press (1871–1873)
  • The Pacific Enterpise (1863–1864)
  • The Sedalia Advertiser (1864–1865)
  • The Sedalia Bazoo (1881–1895)
  • The Sedalia Capital
  • The Sedalia Daily Democrat (1874–1925)
  • The Sedalia Democrat (1949-)
  • The Sedalia News-Journal (2003-)
  • The Sedalia Times

Radio Stations

Television Stations

Education

Scott Joplin's alma mater, George R. Smith College, a historically black college (HBCU), operated from 1894 until it burned down on April 26, 1925.[27]

George R. Smith College, erected to provide educational training for Negro students was located a short distance southwest of Crown Hill Cemetery. It was a brick structure trimmed with stone. The building contained three stories with 60 rooms, and a general assembly room with a seating capacity of 300 people. The cost of the building was $50,000. In January 1896 there were 125 students enrolled. This building was destroyed by fire in 1925. The date of the erection was not obtainable. The land was donated by Mesdames Smith and Cotton, daughters of George R. Smith, founder of Sedalia. The college was named in honor of George R. Smith. During the years of the existence of the college over 2,000 students received degrees.(Scotton, 1974, p.164)

The land for the college had been donated by the Smith sisters Sarah and Martha Elizabeth. They also donated land for Dunbar Park. Sarah Smith-Cotton's family home was converted into Smith-Cotton High School.[28]

The Sedalia Business College and Institute of Penmanship was founded in 1881. It was the predecessor of Robbins' Business College, founded by C.W. Robbins in 1883. This evolved into Central Business College.[29]

State Fair Community College is a public two-year institution offering post-secondary college level courses.

Secondary schools

Smith-Cotton High School, Whittier High School, Sacred Heart High School, and St. Paul's Lutheran are also located in Sedalia.

A new high school, the Smith Cotton High School, was completed in the fall of 2009.

Transportation

Air

Train

Sedalia People

People born in, who live in, or are otherwise associated with Sedalia, are known as Sedalians.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ United States Census Estimates 2006
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.5.
  6. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.8.
  7. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, pp.2, 8.
  8. ^ [ Rhonda Chalfant, "Ladies of the Evening: Prostitution and Class in a 19th Century Railroad Town", in LeeAnn Whites, Mary Neth, Gary R. Kremer, ed., Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence], p. 152
  9. ^ Rhonda Chalfant, "Ladies of the Evening: Prostitution and Class in a 19th Century Railroad Town", in LeeAnn Whites, Mary Neth, Gary R. Kremer, ed., Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence, pp. 155-157
  10. ^ Rhonda Chalfant, "Ladies of the Evening: Prostitution and Class in a 19th Century Railroad Town", in LeeAnn Whites, Mary Neth, Gary R. Kremer, ed., Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence, p. 155
  11. ^ Also christening the city "The Queen of the Prairies" (Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.9).
  12. ^ "GEORGE R. SMITH", Rootsweb, accessed 10 February 2008. Website states content was “excerpted” from Conard, H.L. (ed), Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri (in Six Volumes), The Southern History Company, (New York), 1901; the volume and page numbers were not cited.
  13. ^ The significance of the description of "bona fide population" is that "from 1861 to 1864 Missouri was under martial law and Sedalia, as a military post, was governed by the post commander. There was no mayor, council or executive or legislative body except the military power" (Ihrig et al., 1960 p.12).
  14. ^ Ihrig et al., (1960 p.123) also noted that:
    There is considerable disagreement about the 1950 census, as critics contend that many people were missed. The "Survey on [sic] Buying Power" [viz., the Sales and Marketing Management magazine's annual Survey of Buying Power] indicates an estimated population of 26,300 on January 1, 1958. The 1960 census had not been taken when this [centenary] history was written, but the 1960 population of Sedalia was estimated to be between 28,000 and 30,000.
  15. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.7.
  16. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.10.
  17. ^ From Sedalia: It's Late Defence and Capture (Missouri Democrat, October ?, 1864)
  18. ^ Mueller, (2007), pp.85-86
  19. ^ Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.13.
  20. ^ "Registered Historic Places in Pettis County, MO", Wikipedia
  21. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  22. ^ Sedalia Public Library - Sedalia, MO [lib-web-cats]
  23. ^ Kinzer, S., " IN THE MIDDLE; What's This? An Art Boom In the Heartland", New York Times, (24 April 2002), pp.E1-E2.
  24. ^ Attoun, M., "Little Sisters of Liberty", Scouting, (October 2007)
  25. ^ Boy Scouts of America, Troop 101, Cheyenne, Wyoming: Replica Statue of Liberty Search (includes a photograph of Sedalia's "Little Sister of Liberty")
  26. ^ The following unsigned tribute appeared on the plaque affixed to its base:
    WITH THE FAITH AND COURAGE OF
    THEIR FOREFATHERS WHO MADE
    POSSIBLE THE FREEDOM OF THESE
    UNITED STATES
    THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
    DEDICATE THIS REPLICA OF THE
    STATUE OF LIBERTY AS A PLEDGE
    OF EVERLASTING FIDELITY AND
    LOYALTY:
    40TH ANNIVERSARY CRUSADE TO
    STRENGTHEN THE ARM OF LIBERTY
    1950
    Taken from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Inventory of American Sculpture, Control Number MO000269.
  27. ^ The college was more widely known across the United States as the George R. Smith College for Negroes. Subsequent to the fire, an unsuccessful attempt was made (through the Methodist Church) to rebuild the college (Ihrig, et al., 1960, p.48).
  28. ^ Swearingen, (?1995)."Sedalia's Founding Mothers: A Tribute", University of Missouri
  29. ^ Conroy, (2009), pp.15-25.

Further reading

  • Berlin, E.A., "Scott Joplin in Sedalia: New Perspectives", Black Music Research Journal, Vol.9, No.2, (Autumn 1989), pp. 205–223.
  • Bird, Kenneth L." Rails To The Osage", Menwith Productions, 2009, Story of the Sedalia, Warsaw & Southern Railroad ISBN 978-1-61584-215-5
  • Cassity, M.J., Defending a Way of Life: An American Community in the Nineteenth Century, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 1989. ISBN 0-88706-868-5
  • Cassity, M.J., Defending a Way of Life: The Development of Industrial Market Society and the Transformation of Social Relationships in Sedalia, Missouri 1850–1890, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia, 1973.
  • Chalfant, R., Down at the Junction: a study of Madam Lizzie Cook, a prostitute in Sedalia, Missouri, 1870–1879, M.A. Dissertation, University of Missouri, 1994.
  • Chalfant, R., Show me the fair : a history of the Missouri State Fair, Walsworth Publications, (Marceline), 2002. ISBN 1-57864-189-6
  • Chalfant, R., "The Midland's Most Notorious": A Study of Prostitution in Sedalia, Missouri, 1860–1900, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia, 2005.
  • Christensen, L.O.(ed), Dictionary of Missouri Biography, University of Missouri Press, (Columbia), 1999. ISBN 0-8262-1222-0
  • Claycomb, W.B., On the Mainlines: Railroading in Sedalia, MO, W.B. Claycomb, (Hughesville), 1998.
  • Claycomb, W.B., On the Mainlines: Railroading in Sedalia, Missouri, Sedalia Heritage Foundation, (Sedalia), 2003.
  • Claycomb, W.B., Imhauser, B.C. & Nolen, R.M., Bothwell Regional Health Center: A Lifetime of Caring, 1930–2005, Bothwell Regional Health Center, (Sedalia), 2005.
  • Conroy, M.S., The Cosmetics Baron You've Never Heard Of: E. Virgil Neal and Tokalon, Altus History LLC, (Englewood), 2009. ISBN 0-615-27278-9
  • Crisler, R.M., "Cities of Central Missouri", Economic Geography, Vol.23, No.1, (January 1947), pp. 72–75.
  • Demuth, I. M., The History of Pettis County, Missouri, including an authentic history of Sedalia, other towns and townships, together with... biographical sketches..., F. A. North, (Sedalia), 1882.
  • Dickson, T., There's a Town in Missouri: Hermann, Hannibal, Springfield, St. Joseph, Joplin, Cape Girardeau, Fulton, Sedalia, Lamar, Lexington, Independence, St. Louis, 1902, New Sunrise Publishing, 1979.
  • Hale, L.L., Sedalia, Missouri: 100 Years in Pictures, Walworth Publishing, (Marceline), 1960.
  • Harding, S.B., Life of George R. Smith, Founder of Sedalia, Mo., in its Relations to the Political, Economic, and Social life of Southwestern Missouri, Before and During the Civil War, Kessinger Publishing, 2007 (facsimile , reprint of 1904). ISBN 1-4304-4460-6
  • Ihrig, B.B. et al. (eds), The First One Hundred Years, A History of the City of Sedalia, Missouri, 1860–1960, Centennial History Committee, Sedalia, 1960.
  • Imhauser, R.C., Images of America: Sedalia, Arcadia Publishing, (Charleston), 2007. ISBN 0-7385-5087-6
  • Lang, H.N., Life in Pettis County, 1815–1873, Hazel N. Lang, (Sedalia), 1975.
  • McComb, D.G., Texas: A Modern History, University of Texas Press, (Austin), 1989. ISBN 0-292-74665-2
  • Mueller, D.L., M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy, University of Missouri Press, (Columbia), 2007. ISBN 0-8262-1724-9
  • North, F.A., Hand-Book of Sedalia, Including Its History and Business Directory, F. A. North, (Sedalia), 1882.
  • Peters, J.A., Case Study of a Gathering: The Ozark Music Festival, M.A. Dissertation, Central Missouri State University, 1992.
  • Ruger, A., "Bird's eye view of the city of Sedalia, Pettis Co., Missouri 1869".[11]
  • Scotten, F.C., History of the Schools of Pettis County, Missouri, 1974; Prepared under the Direction of C. F. Scotten, C.F. Scotton, (Sedalia) 1974.
  • Snider, R.L., The Show Must Go On. A Plan for Rehabilitating an Historic Theatre: Case Studies of Three Historic Theatre Rehabilitations in Missouri, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Missouri–Columbia, 1999.
  • Swearingen, "Sedalia's Founding Mother", Preservation Issues, Vol.4, No.2, ?1995.
  • Thelen, D.P., Paths of Resistance: Tradition and Dignity in Industrializing Missouri, Oxford University Press, 1986. ISBN 0-19-503667-0
  • Whites, L., Neth, M. & Kremer, G.R. (eds), Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence, University of Missouri Press, (Columbia), 2004. ISBN 0-8262-1526-2
  • Yanow, S., Jazz: A Regional Exploration, Greenwood Press, (Westport), 2005. ISBN 0-313-32871-4
  • Murray, William D., "The History of the Boy Scouts of America" Boy Scouts of America (New York) 1937 - Page 21

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