Appleton is home of the Swift County Fairgrounds, the Applefest
Celebration held annually in September and a city bike trail. Also it’s the only city in the United States to honor all of its fallen war heroes in this most unique manner. In 1946, Appleton’s mayor, Robert P. Miller, proposed that streets bear the names of local heroes instead of conventional numbers and other names. On May 30, 1947, in a large Memorial Day service, all the street names were changed so that each one is named after a local war hero. Today the community proudly continues this tradition in tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
The town was originally named Phelps, after Addison Phelps, whose family moved west in 1858. Other settlers at the time included two Civil War veterans, the Lathrop Brothers, who built a flour mill on the banks of the town’s Pomme de Terre River.
These first settlers were of Scandinavian and German descent. Eventually the township’s name was changed to Appleton in honor of the town in Wisconsin where Phelps grew up.
Appleton is a major river access point for paddling adventures down the Pomme de Terre River. It also offers a 9-hole golf course, a 325 acre OHV and 4×4 park and Mill Pond Park Municipal Campground. Appleton is centrally located to all the major state parks, national wildlife refuges, wildlife management areas and regional rivers and lakes. Winter snowmobile trails link up with other counties for added fun.
include shelter/picnic areas, hiking and a pavilion.
Pomme de Terre River: The northern most tributary of the MN River. This river runs through a variety of land types from low bluff lands, woods, pasture, and farmland. Watch for farm fences that may be strung across the river. Gradient: 4.1 ft/mile.
Minnesota River: The view along the MN River changes from dark to wooded to large areas of swamp and marsh to open lake at Lac qui Parle Lake. Several other MN tributaries are within 30 miles of Appleton. Plan a week to canoe them all! Canoe maps available at the Appleton Chamber Office, 125 W. Sorenson Avenue 320-289-1527.
Kayak Rental CURE office: Montevideo, MN contact Patrick Moore 320-269-2984.
Appleton is home to the Swift County Fair. With plenty of rides in the midway, FREE entertainment and beer gardens in the Chuck Brown Building and the grandstand hosting two demolition derbies on Friday and Saturday evening there is something for everyone! With so much going on you’ll want to reserve your camping spot today. Bring the kids for fun and enjoy the company of your neighbors and friends.
- Baking Contests
- Kids Inflatables
- Live Band
- Golf tournament
- Basketball tournament
- Car/Motorcycle Show
Visit the Appleton Chamber of Commerce for more information!