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Winona in Winona County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Sugar Loaf Bluff

 
 
Sugar Loaf Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 5, 2011
1. Sugar Loaf Bluff Marker
[south side]
Inscription. "The crown of the majestic Sugar Loaf Bluff is disappearing before the strokes of the utilitarian quarrymen," editorialized the Winona Daily Republican in 1886. "In a very few years that widely known landmark will be but a homely reminiscence of its former beauty and grandeur."

The quarrying operation that resulted in the unusual formation at the top of Sugar Loaf provided limestone to build Winona's sidewalks and trim for many brick buildings before work was discontinued before World War I.

Rising over 450 feet above Winona, the peak in its original configuration as a rounded dome with a fringe of evergreen on the crown was well known to early explorers, traders, tourists, and river boat pilots. An often repeated legend says that the mountain was Chief Wabasha's red cap, originally presented to him by a British officer. The site is called "Wabasha's Cap" in early narratives.

[seal of The Minnesota Historical Society]
Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
1989
Funding provided by the LCMR

 
Erected 1989 by the Minnesota Historical Society, funding by the LCMR [Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources].
 
Marker series. This marker
Sugar Loaf Bluff Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 5, 2011
2. Sugar Loaf Bluff Marker
[north side with duplicate text]
is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 1.913′ N, 91° 37.672′ W. Marker is in Winona, Minnesota, in Winona County. Marker is on Parks Avenue north of U.S. 14 / 61, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is next to a small parking area near the southeast shore of Lake Winona. Marker is in this post office area: Winona MN 55987, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garvin Heights (approx. 1.2 miles away); Winona: River Village, Lumber Town, College Town (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stephen Taylor (approx. 1.5 miles away); Potters' Field (approx. 1.6 miles away); We-No-Nah (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Geology of Perrot State Park (approx. 7 miles away in Wisconsin); Pickwick Mill (approx. 7.4 miles away); Historic Lake Labelle (approx. 7.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Winona.
 
More about this marker. The Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCMR), now the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), make funding recommendations to the legislature for special environment and natural resource projects.
 
Also see . . .  Sugar Loaf (Winona, Minnesota).
Sugar Loaf Bluff and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 5, 2011
3. Sugar Loaf Bluff and Marker
Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 6, 2011.) 
 
Categories. Landmarks
 
Sugar Loaf Bluff image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 5, 2011
4. Sugar Loaf Bluff
National Register of Historic Places #90001164
Plaque by Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, June 5, 2011
5. Plaque by Marker
This Sugar Loaf property was purchased from Robert Leicht by the Wenonah Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution who acquired it through a city wide fund-raising effort. In May, 1950, the DAR gave the property to the city of Winona. It is never to be commercialized.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 650 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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