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Swift County Minnesota


Swift County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of 2010, the population was 9,783. Its county seat is Benson.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 752 square miles (1,949 kmē), of which 744 square miles (1,926 kmē) is land and 9 square miles (23 kmē) (1.17%) is water.

Swift County was established February 18th, 1870. This county was named after Henry Adoniram Swift, the governor of Minnesota in 1863. It is located in the west central part of Minnesota and consists of 757 square miles with 3 tiers of 7 townships each. The Swift County Courthouse was built in 1897 and was declared a national historic site in 1976. The City of Benson is the County seat of Swift County. The railroad tracks run through the center of the town of Benson and divide the downtown business districts with parks on each side of the tracks.

Location of Swift County Minnesota


The Indians had grievances against the government including delays in sending annuities which caused near starvation several times. In August, 1862, an Indian rebellion broke out in Minnesota. The warfare reached the settlements just getting started in the northeastern part of Swift County. By the latter part of September, 1862, the Indian War was almost over but the settlers hesitated to venture back to the prairie country of 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.

In 1869, the St. Paul & Pacific railroad had reached Willmar and the following year it arrived in Benson. The railroad company determined the number of future trading centers (Kerkhoven, DeGraff, Benson, Randall) in the county by locating sites at intervals of approximately eight miles.

Official Swift County website


Swift County Communities
Appleton Clontarf De Graff Kerkhoven
Benson Danvers Holloway Murdock


Swift County Commissioners

District Name Address Telephone
1 Gary Hendrickx 301 14th Street N
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 808-7082
2 Gary Klemm 301 14th Street N
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 843-4686
3 Pete Peterson 301 14th Street N
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 394-2157
4 Joe Fox 301 14th Street N
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 843-5376
5 Eric Rudningen 301 14th Street N
Benson, MN 56215
(320) 264-0216

Minnesota State Highway Map

Minnesota State Highway Map of the Swift County Minnesota area
Minnesota State Highway Map of the Swift County Minnesota area


1895 Map of Swift County

1895 Map of Swift County Minnesota


 

 
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