General George R. Smith saw the writing on the wall when he pleaded with Georgetown citizens to move their town slightly south so it would be reached by the new Pacific Railroad tracks. The citizens refused and Gen. Smith predicted that “he would see the day when bats and owls would make their home in the Georgetown courthouse.”. His prophecy did indeed come true. Today the Georgetown brick courthouse is lost, destroyed by fire while abandoned, and only this marker remains to show what once was. The town that Gen. Smith founded three miles south of Georgetown, Sedalia, has been the Pettis County seat since 1862.