A Little Town with a Big Heart
Located in Kossuth County—one of Iowa’s largest counties—Swea City was incorporated in 1895 and derives its name from “Svea,” a nickname for Swedish pioneer leader Capt. R. E. Jensen who settled in the area in 1870. Initially, Swea City was called Reynolds. The railroad passed through Reynolds, but the settlement wasn’t granted a post office because one already existed in the nearby village of Swea just six miles to the northwest. Residents ultimately agreed to consolidate the communities by moving the post office to Reynolds which then was renamed Swea City—creating a town of 161 citizens.
Today, Swea City is a small but vibrant small community of about 600 people. The town’s well-kept Reynolds Park features a large municipal swimming pool, picnic facilities, playgrounds, and a unique band shell that was built in the 1930s. A bronze sculpture by Swea City artist Wayne Thompson also graces the park. Entitled, “In The Park,” the life-sized sculpture depicts a boy, a girl and their dog playing in the park. Thompson’s over 100 sculptures representing Midwestern themes are being enjoyed in communities throughout Iowa and Minnesota. Swea City residents are proud to acknowledge the cultural contribution Thompson has made to their fair city.