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Sedan, Kansas

Sedan, Kansas

Welcome to Sedan! Nestled in the scenic Chautauqua Hills, this community of 1300 offers the very best in small town living.

Sedan became the county seat of Chautauqua County in 1875 after a bitter County Seat War. The county was named after Chautauqua, N.Y., the past home of a legislator involved in the dispute. The courthouse was built in 1918 and remodeled in 1989.

The city of Sedan was established in 1876. Legend says Sedan was named for Sedan, France, due to the similarity in the wooded, rolling hills. In the 1880\'s a building boom resulted in the construction of many brick, sandstone and limestone buildings downtown.

More than a dozen retail shops along Main Street are housed in structures built prior to the turn-of-the-century, including Ackarman Hardware, which opened its doors in 1879 and is the valued cornerstone of Sedan\'s business district.

OIL, discovered near Sedan in 1904 resulted in expensive exploration and production in the county. Today, more than a half million barrels of oil are produced annually in Chautauqua County and contribute to the Sedan economy.

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Attractions and Upcoming Events


Downtown Turn-of-the-Century Buildings

More than a dozen retail shops along Main Street are housed in structures built prior to the turn-of-the-century, including Ackarman Hardware, which opened its doors in 1879 and is the valued cornerstone of Sedan'

Sedan, KS Historic Downtowns

Gregg Theatre

The theater, reminiscent of days gone by, shows first run movies on weekends and is the home of a talented local community theater group, Howard County Players which produces two to three performances during the year.

Sedan, KS Theatres

Emmett Kelly Museum

The Emmett Kelly Museum houses memorabilia of the world famous Wearie Willie Emmett Kelly, who was born in Sedan in 1898 and of his son Emmett Jr.; also showing memorabilia of D.W. Washburn as Sparky The Clown, a juggler, ventriloquist, magician, and pantomimist. Sparky was born in Chanute, KS; 1500

Sedan, KS Museums


Things to do near Sedan, KS

Columus Parks

Columbus City Park Picnics in the park, swimming pool, tennis courts, horseshoes, volleyball and basketball courts. Playgr...

Lake Side Golf Course

Located just west of South Owl Lake is a nine hole course with sand greens. Fees and regulations are posted at the site. ...