THE VIEW FROM ABOVE: Although the community platted to accommodate the expanding railroad no longer has rail access, its tree-lined streets are still an oasis for the businesses and residents who call Agar home.

Recounting ‘Agar and Its Origin,’ in 75 years of Sully County History 1883-1958, Evelyn Venner relates that ‘It was in the spring of 1909, that the Chicago and Northwestern Railway Company made a public announcement that it planned to extend its lines from Gettysburg, SD, through Sully County to connect with its main line at Blunt, SD.’

The Western Town and Lot Company, on October 27, 1909, platted out a townsite at a point one and a half miles from both the east and south lines of Milford Township.

The next spring, adventurous and inspired folk began purchasing lots and constructing homes and businesses. The sale of lots continued and by August 1, 1910, when the railroad company made its first run, the little town had already erected several buildings.

One hundred thirteen years later, Agarites still exhibit that same spirit of adventure as those who first called Agar home.

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