Originally a camping ground of the Osage and Wichita Indian tribes, Sedgwick
County, Kan. is thought to be a place of discovery for such explorers as
Francisco Coronado and Kit Carson. The earliest European settler to the region
was M. DuTissenet, a Frenchman operating under the direction of the governor of
Louisiana, in 1719. DuTissenet brought with him soldiers, traders and hunters
who soon populated and transformed the region from prairie to a land of
Sedgwick County was officially established nearly 150 years later on February
26, 1867, and bears the name of Civil War hero Major General John Sedgwick of
the Union Army who was killed during the battle of Spottsylvania Courthouse in
After an initial failed attempt at establishing an official county
government, the governor of the state of Kansas appointed three commissioners to
aid in the effort. In April of 1870, the first county officials were elected and
the county seat of Wichita was chosen.
The mission of Sedgwick County is to provide quality public services to our community so everyone can pursue freedom and prosperity in a safe, secure, and healthy environment.
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