In Sedan, homes are well-maintained and people take pride in their community. With strong ties to history, the unique character of Sedan is evident to those who follow Sedan’s Yellow Brick Road. Whoever takes time to travel the Yellow Brick Road in the downtown area might find names of someone they know, or of someone famous like Whoopi Goldberg, Zsa Zsa Gabor, or Bob Hope. Consisting of more than 10,000 individual bricks, the Yellow Brick Road connects the retail downtown area.
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Sedan students attend school in the Sedan Unified School District 286. Total enrollment for USD 286 is 378 (2015). Students can participate in a variety of activities including FFA, FCCLA and football. USD 286 faculty and staff are committed to excellence, as educational opportunities enable children to grow into productive citizens.
Highways US-166 and KS-99 intersect in Sedan. Independence is 45 minutes away, Arkansas City is under 50 minutes from town, and Winfield is an hour drive from Sedan.
The land upon which Sedan was located originally belonged to F. G. Bowers. The Sedan Town Company obtained the land for the town. In 1870, Thomas Scurr came into the valley with a load of lumber with which to build a store. He thought the area looked like his home in Sedan, France—therefore, he named it Sedan.
In 1871, a post office was established in Sedan. Due to lack of patronage, it was closed and moved to Ross City which was located on a cliff across from Danny William's home. The post office was reestablished in Sedan in 1874. At that time, Sedan had a store, a blacksmith shop, and a school. Lots were given to anyone who would build on them. At that time, the population was 200.
The Kansas Legislature divided Howard County into Chautauqua County and Elk County in 1875. At the time, Howard County was having financial difficulties. The legislature named Sedan the county seat of Chautauqua County, and Howard was named the county seat of Elk County. The citizens of Sedan started immediate construction of their county courthouse.
The water system was finished in 1905, however it was only used for domestic purposes—not for drinking water. Most homes had wells and cisterns at that time. This system was used until 1935 when the lake was built. Water was carried by lead pipes to a new filter plant and a water tower was built. The sewer system was constructed at the same time as the water system.
Many visitors will visualize this region as the Kansas Ozarks since bluestem grass and black jack oaks cover sandstone capped rolling hills. Annually, more than 50,000 tourists visit the area to enjoy the natural beauty of Sedan. Other attractions to see while visiting are:
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