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Near Ramona in Lake County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Badus – Pioneer Swiss Colony

½ Mile West – Mile South

 
 
Badus – Pioneer Swiss Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
1. Badus – Pioneer Swiss Colony Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
Erected 1955 by Lake County Historical Society and State Highway Commission.
 
Location. 44° 9.129′ N, 97° 7.783′ W. Marker is near Ramona, South Dakota, in Lake County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 81 and 223rd Street, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 81. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ramona SD 57054, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Ann's Catholic Church of Badus (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lake County South Dakota
Badus – Pioneer Swiss Colony Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, March 29, 2016
2. Badus – Pioneer Swiss Colony Marker
(approx. 3 miles away); Old Madison – First County Seat (approx. 13.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 26, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 3, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 3, 2016, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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