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Sedalia in Pettis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sedalia Points of Interest

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., June 21, 2015
1. Sedalia Points of Interest Marker
Inscription.

The Sedalia Depot visitor center is the place to begin a Sedalia sightseeing tour. Building hours are posted on the door, and visitors are welcome to tour the historic building, discover the history of Sedalia's railroad culture and learn about other local points of interest.

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site features Stonyridge, a massive stone structure built in sections between 1897 and 1928 by Sedalia's greatest benefactor, John Homer Bothwell. Among Bothwell's many contributions to Sedalia are the Bothwell Hospital and Bothwell Hotel, and securing the permanency of the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources manages the site, located six miles north next to U.S. Highway 65. For hours of operation, call (660) 827-0510 or 800-334-6946.

The Missouri State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the country, and its 396 acres make it the third-largest fairgrounds. Now a tradition for more than a century, the Missouri State Fair begins the first or second Thursday in August. A number of events such as the Missouri State Pow Wow are held at other times throughout the year. Camping is available.

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the campus of State Fair Community College. The nine galleries of the museum house a permanent collection of modern

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By William Fischer, Jr., June 21, 2015
2. Sedalia Points of Interest Marker Detail
and contemporary art, as well as changing exhibitions. For hours of operation, call (660) 530-5888.

Maple Leaf Park commemorates the site of the Maple Leaf Club. Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, named one of his most popular pieces after this club. The park is located on the corner of Main and Lamine streets, approximately six blocks from here. The park is also the featured site in Sedalia's annual Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, held every year in June.

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A 1910 postcard shows the Katy depot at its peak. The renovated depot exhibits Sedalia's railroad history.
Postcard image courtesy of Doug Cline

Bothwell Lodge was the home of John Homer Bothwell, a leading citizen and benefactor of Sedalia. Now a state historic site open to visitors, it is six miles north of the city.
Missouri State Parks photos

Attended by 350,000 people annually, the 11-day Missouri State Fair is one of the state's most popular events.
Missouri State Parks photo

The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art is a premier art museum on the State Fair Community College campus, three-quarters of a mile from the trail.
Photos by Kevin Sisemore for Daum Museum of Contemporary Art.

Maple Leaf Park commemorates the site of the Maple Leaf Club, where Scott Joplin performed. Sedalia's

Sedalia Points of Interest Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 21, 2015
3. Sedalia Points of Interest Marker
Left marker under the Katy Trail kiosk at the Katy Depot
annual Ragtime Festival in June draws musicians and visitors from arund the world.
Illustration by Myrna Ragar. Missouri State Parks photo

Background: Agriculture has been the dominant theme of early state fairs, as in this 1950s view.
Used by permission, State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia.
 
Location. 38° 42.446′ N, 93° 13.266′ W. Marker is in Sedalia, Missouri, in Pettis County. Marker is at the intersection of Thompson Avenue and 4th Street, on the left when traveling south on Thompson Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at the Katy Depot kiosk. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 East 3rd Street, Sedalia MO 65301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. History of Sedalia (here, next to this marker); Sedalia to Clifton City (here, next to this marker); Sedalia to Green Ridge (here, next to this marker); Katy Trail State Park 25th Anniversary (a few steps from this marker); Katy Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Sedalia's Rag Tag Train (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sedalia.
 
Also see . . .
1. Welcome to Sedalia (Sedalia CVB website). (Submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The City of Sedalia, Missouri, Official Website. (Submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Katy Trail State Park. (Submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. A Brief History of Downtown Sedalia, Missouri. (Submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 11, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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