Sykeston was founded by Richard Sykes July 4, 1883. The first town and first county seat in Wells County. Only town in the county until the Soo line built through to Cathay in 1892. First newspaper was the Sykeston Advocate, established in August, 1883. (by E.S. Killie, as printed in the May 27, 1976 edition of the Wells County Free Press)


Places of worship:

  • St. Paul's Lutheran Church Rev. Richard Biberdorf 9:00 a.m. Sunday
  • St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Fr. Terry Dodge 11:00 a.m. Sunday



Sykeston Country Café 984-2232
     Owned by the City of Sykeston
     Managed and operated by Linda Goldade and Ralph Grager
     8 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Steak & Shrimp $10 – Fridays 5-8

Miller Elevator 984-2489
     Managed by Lynn Kartes

The Jockey Club 984-2320
     Opens at 12 Noon, daily
     BINGO 8 p.m. every Wednesday Night, Jackpots $250, $500 and $1,000
     Owned and managed by Kenny Kutz

Thomas Auto Repair 984-2647
     Owned and managed by Allen Thomas


American Legion - Bourk-Hollingsworth, ND Post 17
Sykeston City Park -  Reservations can be made by calling Donna Stringer at 701-984-2390.
     6 electrical and water hookups
     Several tent sites
     Bathhouse with shower
     Swimming area, playground and picnic shelter


Preservation Sykeston
     3 rooms available in the top of the old school building
     3 camper hook-ups

Sykeston Community Club


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