Just How Many Sedalias Are There, Anyway?
I got to talking with our news guy, Kurt, the other day about the town of Sedalia. Turns out, he didn't know a lot of basic stuff about the town - and its somewhat unusual name. Well, not THAT unusual. Do you know there are several other places around the country and continent that are also named Sedalia?
Sedalia, Colorado is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Douglas County, Colorado. The population was 206 at the 2010 census. A post office called Sedalia has been in operation since 1872. The community was named after our Sedalia! It was named by a man named "Mr Clay" after he'd been through our area. It was originally named Plum Station because they had a lot of plum trees there.
Sedalia, Indiana is also a small town. It's an unincorporated community in Owen Township, Clinton County. Sedalia was platted March 31, 1873 by James A. Campbell and Jackson B. McCune and was named after Sedalia, Illinois, the home town of an official of the Vandalia Railroad. I couldn't find anything on the web about Sedalia, Illinois, though.
There's a Sedalia in Graves County, Kentucky, United States. The 2010 United States Census reported that Sedalia's population is 295.
And in North Carolina, there's a Sedalia in Guilford County with about 600 people in it. Sedalia is home to the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum on the site of the former Palmer Memorial Institute (1902–1971), a prep school for African American students.
One is a little confusing: Midway (also called Sedalia) is a village in Range Township, Madison County, Ohio. Midway is also called "Sedalia" by some sources. They have a little over 300 people.
Sedalia, Texas is in Collin County. It is near the border of Grayson County and two miles from Westminster with about 100 people.
Another Sedalia is in McClellan District, Doddridge County, West Virginia. The community is located along Robinson Fork, a tributary of McElroy Creek. Nobody seems to know how they got that name; the community most likely has the name of an early settler.
All told, I have found that there are 13 communities that are also named Sedalia - they are located in Alberta, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. There you have it - all the Sedalias. But, ours is by far the biggest, and the one you find most easily when you search for it online. Well done, us!