Swea City, Iowa

Swea City's original name was Reynolds when it was first established. The railroad passed through Reynolds, but they were not granted a Post Office because the nearby town of Swea had one just six miles to the northwest. Residents in the two communities agreed to move the post office in Swea to Reynolds because they knew the town would prosper by the railroad. They renamed it Swea City and it was incorporated in 1895.

The current population of the town is around 600. Reynolds Park is located in Swea City and features a large municipal swimming pool, picnic facilities, playgrounds, and a unique band shell built in the 1930s. There is also a bronze sculpture in the park, which was created and cast by local artist Wayne Thompson.


Reynolds Park is a great place to come and have a picnic, play, or hold your family reunion. Swea City Library strives to keep the newest books on hand and offers a variety of programs for all ages. Rustic Treasures is full of unique new and refurbished furniture and home décor. If you’re looking for a gift for someone special or just the right piece for your home, you’ll find it at Rustic Treasures. It’s all in the name… Larows Wood Fire Grill offers one-of-a-kind streaks cooked on a wood fired grill, pair with grilled tiger shrimp for a meal for two. They also have a vast menu for lunch and supper. Don’t miss out on wing night Wednesdays and Thursday Bingo at Larows. Their full service bar and banquet hall are also perfect venue for gatherings like receptions and large parties. Pub 307 Bar & Grill is open 7 days a week and has a wide variety on their menu for your evening meal. They offer weekly specials and full menu Friday, Saturday, and Sunday including salad bar. Be sure to check them out Tuesday for Taco night and the Ribeye with house seasoning is a must. Pub 307 is a great place to catch the game and watch your favorite team. If you’re in need of a location to host a birthday party or other event, Pub 307 would be happy to help. Tour Brand FX, a manufacturer of fiberglass utility truck bodies and one of the largest employers of Swea City. Take a tour of Main Street Manor, Senior Assisted Living Center; offering 24 hour care. Walker Chiropractic is located in Main Street Manor and is open on Mondays and a half day on Wednesdays. Contact Drs. Jake and Rebecca Walker (515) 272-0017. For more information, contact City Hall at (515) 272-4606 or visit us on Facebook

Works Cited

Much of the historical information was taken from Kossuth County history booklet. The information was compiled by Richard Schiek as part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Kossuth County and the “Kossuth on State” project, dedicated on July 13, 2001. There is a complete bibliography in the back of the Kossuth County History booklet.

Some of the information used was taken from the Algona Upper Des Moines in its articles on the Communities of the Month. Permission was granted to use this information by the newspaper. The following are the articles from which the information was found.

Buchta, Shari. “March community is Swea City.” Algona Upper Des Moines 8 March 2001.