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Swift County, Minnesota

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Swift County is in west central Minnesota and consists of 757 square miles with three tiers of seven townships each. It was established on February 18, 1870, and named for Henry Adoniram Swift, the third governor of Minnesota (1863–64).

The Indians had grievances against the government, including delays in sending annuities that caused near starvation several times. In August 1862, an Indian rebellion broke out in Minnesota. The warfare reached the settlements just getting started in northeastern Swift County. By late September 1862, the Indian War was almost over but the settlers hesitated to venture back to Swift County until 1865, when all danger was apparently over. Scandinavians and Germans were in decided majority among the early settlers. A number of them came with the honor and privileges of Civil War veterans.

Adjacent Counties

Cities, Townships & Communities

Appleton | Benson (County Seat) | Camp Lake | Cashel | Clontarf | Danvers | De Graff | Dublin | Edison | Fairfield | Hayes | Hegbert | Holloway | Kerkhoven | Kildare | Marysland | Moyer | Murdock | Pillsbury | Shible | Six Mile Grove | Swenoda | Swift Falls | Tara | Torning | West Bank

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