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As the result of a treaty in 1847, the Winnebago Indians located on lands west of the Mississippi River. A road was cut from the Mississippi River to the Winnebago agency which is, at present, Long Prairie. In addition to providing a route for bringing in the Winnebago, this roadway opened the opportunity for immigration and by the 1860's homesteaders began to settle in the area. In 1893, residents incorporated the Village of Swanville, a community of 180 citizens.

Swanville quickly took advantage of its location in the midst of hardwood forests which were interspersed with agricultural land. A railroad which ran from Little Falls to the Dakotas made transport of goods convenient. Hardwood lumber and agricultural products were shipped by rail.

A Swanville newspaper began publication in 1900. Social events have always been an important part of community life, from social dances and the building of a bandstand to the present day Swanville Carnival. The progressive attitude of Swanville is perhaps best demonstrated by the election of a female mayor, Isabelle Flood, in 1922. One of only two female mayors in the history of Morrison County, she held the office for three terms. Today Swanville continues as a progressive community known best for its production of turkeys.

Present day Swanville has a progressive City Council intent on bringing new industry to town. They have developed an industrial park on the north side of town which has two businesses located there already. The City Council has provided assistance to downtown businesses, enabling them to improve their buildings and because of this attitude the downtown area has been reborn.

Swanville Industrial Park

Swanville

Population

Total Population

360

Population
Growth Rate

0.34%

Median Age

40

Diversity Index

10.000

Housing & Income

Households

144

Total Housing Units

161


Owner Occupied

123

Renter Occupied

21

Vacant

17

Median Home Value

$187,500


Average Home Value

$202,459

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.26%


Per Capita Income

2.89%

Income Projection

Median Household

$57,656 $64,154


Average Household

$70,546 $81,025


Per Capita

$25,111 $28,959

Workforce

Total Businesses

34

Total Employed

306

Workers 16+

154

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Construction

Businesses

1

Employed

4

Manufacturing

Businesses

2

Employed

30

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

2

Employed

20

Some
High School

17

Graduated
High School

89

Associates
Degree

43

Bachelor's
Degree

24

Graduate
Degree

2

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

81

Non-Resident Commuters

72

Drive Alone

124

Carpooled

10

Public

0

Work At Home

4


The Burton-Rosenmeier House

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Little Falls' leading example of Neoclassical architecture, built c. 1900 and owned successively by notable local merchant Barney Burton and attorney/politician Christian Rosenmeier. Now houses the Little Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau.