Sedan Travel Guide

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  • Uncle Harry at his farm in the Black Jack hills
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Sedan Things to Do

  • Red Buffalo Ranch

    I'd like to mention one of the highlights of a visit to the Sedan area, even though I have never visited there myself. Famed newsman Bill Kurtis, a native Kansan, purchased 8,000 acres of tall grass prairie near Sedan. The Red Buffalo Ranch is seasonally open to visitors and includes what appears to be a very nice bed and breakfast. I am familiar...

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  • Chautauqua County Court House

    Architect George Washburn designed approximately one-quarter of Kansas' county courthouses, that in Chautauqua County (Sedan) being the final one. In my opinion, it is the least interesting design of any I have seen.

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  • Hollow Park

    This little park is remarkably shady and cool, a nice place to relax and enjoy the grounds and particularly the gardens. Take the elevated wooden walkway back to the spring.

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  • Emmett Kelly Museum

    Emmett Kelly, the world-famous clown best known for his role of Weary Willy, was born in Sedan in 1898, his father a railroad worker and his mother a boarding house operator. The museum in his honor is located in the city's historic 1896 opera house. For those of you who don't recognize Kelly's name, I have attached an image of his character from...

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  • Ackarman's Hardware

    Maybe not of touristic interest to all - but this is where my late father, Burl Thompson, worked as a butcher prior to WWII. In those days it was a combination grocery and hardware store - perhaps more like a general store. This store remained in the Ackarman family for generations until recent years. A note about small town life - there are still...

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  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road...

    Sedan is but one of Kansas' towns which have attempted to capitalize on the Wizard of Oz theme. Townspeople and other supporters have purchased personalized bricks in this sidewalk, helping to support city renovations and causes.

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Sedan Nightlife

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    by basstbn Written Feb 8, 2007

    Showing first run features in a nostalgic old-fashioned mom and pop theatre. Don't knock it; lots of towns this size have no theatre at all.

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Sedan Local Customs

  • by jayhawk2000 Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Kansas is full of oddly-named towns (Seguin, Climax, Montezuma and Basehor come to mind) but where did Sedan get its name?

    One story goes that a visitor who'd been to or was from Europe came riding through the hills one day and declared the place looked just like Sedan, France.

    Another story (and the one I prefer) is that the area was the site of a mill run by a guy named Dan who sold liquor. Whenever one of the local homesteaders fancied a bit of whiskey, he'd hitch up the horses and tell the wife, 'I'm going to see Dan...'!

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Sedan Favorites

  • by jayhawk2000 Updated Aug 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Sedan was one of many towns in Kansas that time literally forgot. There are dozens of old towns and villages across the state that have been untouched for decades.

    Sedan has managed to shake itself out of its slumber by promoting its unique qualities to the world and today is home to the YELLOW BRICK ROAD. The idea was to raise money for the town and to raise the town's profile by selling yellow bricks to folks with their name or a message stamped on it. The media got ahold of the story and before you know it, President Reagan has his own brick.

    There are thousands of them now all over the town's pavements. It's impressive to walk down the sidewalk and think that the town is rebuilding itself on the solid foundation of everyone's desire to keep another town from drying up and blowing away.

    Fondest memory: Eating barbecue slathered with the local brand of 'Kick Ass' barbecue sauce in Kimarjo's Rain Forest Restaurant (home of the world's largest sunflower...painted on the floor). It's absolutely unique and even a bit corny, but these people could sell refrigerators to Eskimos.

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