Here at Bryant Motors, we are proud to serve a community with such a remarkable history. In case you don’t know how Sedalia came to be, continue reading to find out!
In Sedalia, Missouri, it all began in 1860, when the town was officially incorporated and continued to grow for decades after. Created by a man named George R. Smith, Sedalia grew in part because of Smith’s efforts to bring the railroad to central Missouri. When he succeeded, the city boomed and became a railroad town that thrived on the mass transit westward.
Moving into the 20th century, Sedalia had a lot to live up to. According to the History of Pettis County, published in 1882, Sedalia’s “achievements [were] unsurpassed in the history of modern civilization in the west.”
As the city chugged forward into the 20th century, the railroad continued to help Sedalia grow in terms of both economics and population. However, Sedalia’s reliance on the railroad began to dwindle in the coming decades, particularly during the economic struggles of the 1930s.
Sedalia was not exempt from the hardships of the Great Depression. Life Magazine claimed Sedalia was the Great Depression’s second hardest hit city in the U.S. Despite these struggles, the 1930s led to a few good things that are still a part of the Sedalia we know and love today – two of which included U.S. Highway 65 and U.S. Highway 50.
In 1932, Sedalia was chosen as the location that would intersect Hwy 65 and Hwy 50. These roads, much like the railroad, brought much needed business to the region and its residents. Sedalia, which had been a self-described railroad town, was now a part of America’s growing car culture.
Soon after, Bryant Motors set up shop close to downtown Sedalia. The year was 1936, and citizens of Sedalia were in need of new vehicles at affordable prices. The American car trend allowed families to move away from city centers and begin commuting to work and school. Sedalia was no exception. The city began growing outward as people were able to travel easier in cars and trucks.
Automobiles also helped the surrounding areas become more connected. The cities and towns of Sedalia, Warrensburg, Jefferson City, Marshall, Clinton, and Boonville were more interconnected than ever before.
Bryant Motors is proud to be a part of the history of Sedalia. We look forward to what the future holds for this city and to contribute to that future. For more information about our community and all things car-related, visit our blog and knowledge center.