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Sedgwick County, Kansas

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Sedgwick County was founded in 1867, and named after John Sedgwick, who was a major general in the Union Army during the American Civil War.

The Chisholm Trail began in 1865 in Sedgwick County. Hundreds of thousands of tons of freight left Wichita and over 3000000 head of stock arrived over this route in the years of its use.

The County was the setting for the murders committed by the BTK strangler from 1974 until 1991. Dennis Rader, an employee of the Sedgwick County city of Park City was arrested in early 2005 after he began sending incriminating letters taunting the police in 2004. He had not been heard from since 1979. Ken Landwehr of the Wichita Police Department led the task force which captured Rader, setting a new standard of serial crime detection in the process, which is still studied by police departments across the world. Rader is serving 10 life sentences at the El Dorado Correctional Facility in El Dorado.

Adjacent Counties


  • Andale
  • Bel Aire
  • Bentley
  • Cheney
  • Clearwater
  • Colwich
  • Derby
  • Eastborough
  • Garden Plain
  • Goddard
  • Haysville
  • Kechi
  • Maize
  • Mount Hope
  • Mulvane
  • Park City
  • Sedgwick
  • Valley Center
  • Viola
  • Wichita (County Seat)

Towns, Townships & Communities

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