Badus - Pioneer Swiss Colony

Badus - Pioneer Swiss Colony (HM1RFW)

Location: Arlington, SD 57212 Lake County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 9.129', W 97° 7.783'

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In 1877 a group of Swiss chose a point on the shore of Lake Badus for a colony. In 1878 Joseph Burkler, his family and some single men, arrived. In 1879 the colony was augmented by 11 other families who came by rail to Luverne, Minnesota and thence overland. That fall they built a school, with Theresa Schnell as the first teacher. A colony house was built. Joseph Muggli was the first storekeeper and appointed the first Postmaster of Badus in May 1879. The colony continued as such until 1886. The names of Berther, CaJacob, Cassutt, DeCurtins, Deragisch, DeRungs, Giossi, Rensch, Schnerr, Tuor and Wolf are well known in Lake County, their ancestors being of the original colony.
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Year Placed1955
Placed ByLake County Historical Society and State Highway Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 649565 N 4890472
Decimal Degrees44.15215000, -97.12971667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 9.129', W 97° 7.783'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 9' 7.74" N, 97° 7' 46.98" W
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Area Code(s)605
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Hwy 35, Arlington SD 57212, US
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