Sedalia (1871, 5,860 feet) was established near the site of D. C. Oakes's 1859 sawmill, which exported lumber to Denver. Cattle roundup pens and a road along Plum Creek brought people here, as did an early livery stable and feed store and both the D&RG and Santa Fe railroads. The town took its name from another Santa Fe Railroad cow-town, Sedalia, Missouri. A devastating 1965 flood washed away the Presbyterian church and the original Grange hall.
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