Although downtown Sedgwick looks a lot different today than it did in the 1800s, the city still maintains pieces of its history. Instead of wagons, cars now drive down the main street running through town, but you can see traces of historic architecture in the buildings that line the sidewalks.
The town now will have a little extra help preserving its past: The city’s downtown historic district has officially been named to the Register of Historic Kansas Places, qualifying the city for special grants and tax credits.
“It will help us to preserve the historical buildings,” said Marcia Nordstrom, president of the city’s historical society.
Christy Davis with Davis Preservation in Topeka served as a consultant on the nomination project, and she said it’s important for small towns like Sedgwick to record and preserve their history before it is lost or forgotten.
“In a community like Sedgwick that’s so close to Wichita, it’s so easy to become a suburb and lose your identity,” she said.