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In 1882, initial grading and track preparation commenced, with the first settlers arriving in the spring of 1883.During the early part of its settlement, the economy was based almost exclusively on serving the new railway buildings and employees.Swift Current grew 3.7% between 20 ending up at 15,503 residents.Swift Current's history began with Swift Current Creek which originates at Cypress Hills and traverses 100 miles (160 km) of prairie and empties into the South Saskatchewan River.There was also a significant ranching operation known as the "76" ranches.It included 10 ranches raising sheep and cattle and stretched from Swift Current to Calgary.
Métis residents also ran a successful Red River ox cart "freighting" business to Battleford until the late 1880s.
Its location in southwest Saskatchewan gives it slightly milder winters than the provincial capital, Regina, even though it is higher in elevation.
Chinook winds happen several times a year allowing residents to enjoy unseasonably warm weather for short periods of time.
During the Riel Rebellion of 1885, Swift Current became a major military base and troop mustering area due to its proximity to Battleford but this was only for a short time.
On February 4, 1904, the hamlet became a village and then a town on March 15, 1907, when a census indicated a population of 550.