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Minnesota (Winona County), Dresbach — Minnesota’s “Fashionable Tour” / Welcome to Minnesota
Minnesota’s “Fashionable Tour.” In the years between 1835 and 1860, steamboats from St. Louis and the Illinois river towns of Rock Island and Galena carried hundreds of tourists up the Mississippi River past “a thousand bluffs which tower in countless fascinating forms.” Their destinations were the frontier town of St. Paul and the famous Falls of St. Anthony in what is now Minneapolis. Made popular in the east by panorama painters, writers, and lecturers, the . . . — Map (db m8617) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Dresbach — Theodore Foss Memorial Highway
Dedicated to State Trooper Corporal Theodore "Ted" Foss 1965–2000 Corporal Ted Foss was killed August 31, 2000 on I-90 near Lewiston, Mn while making a traffic stop — Map (db m8687) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Pickwick — Historic Lake Labelle
On September 20, 1980, 11 inches of rain fell in 24 hours in the Pickwick area causing a flash flood that severely damaged the mill and Lake Labell's flood gates. In 1982, Pickwick Mill Inc. was founded to restore the mill and Lake Labelle. This dike and existing pond is the result of a cooperative flood control and historic preservation project. The following contributed to the success of project. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District, . . . — Map (db m55613) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Pickwick — Pickwick MillBuilt 1854 - 1858
Named by Mary Davis in 1857 after reading Charles Dickens novel, Pickwick Papers Sign donated by Worldwide Dicken's Fellowship open May to Oct, Sat & Sun 11AM to 5PM. or by appointment call 452-9658 or 452-7341. Open weekends May and October. Open Tuesday thru Sunday 10am 5pm June thru September — Map (db m55612) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — Garvin Heights
The city 575 feet below this bluff was founded in 1851 by Captain Orrin Smith on the site of ‘Keoxah’ the village of Sioux Indian Chief Wapasha and his band. First called Wabasha’s Prairie, it was later named Winona — from the Sioux word ‘Wenohan’, meaning first-born daughter. Probably the first explorer to pass this way was Father Louis Hennepin, who arrived in 1680. Situated on the mighty Mississippi, Winona became a lumber-producing and wheat exporting center during the . . . — Map (db m56857) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — Potters' Field
Welcome to the Woodlawn Cemetery Potters' Field. "Potters' Field" is a historical designation, going back to the time of the Bible, when a field outside of the settlement was set aside to bury travelers and strangers to the community. A field used for such a purpose would be a non-productive field with poor soil not suitable for crops, perhaps used by potters to dig for clay; thus the term "Potters' Field". In America, Potters' Field is the final resting place of people who did not have . . . — Map (db m62641) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — Stephen Taylor1757 – 1857 — In Memory Of
A courageous soldier and member of Ethan Allen’s immortal band of 83, who took part in the surprise attack on the British garrison at Fort Ticonderoga, and the only Revolutionary soldier known to be buried in the State of Minnesota. Erected by the Wenonah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution 1933 Map (db m56101) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — Sugar Loaf Bluff
"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 . . . — Map (db m43176) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — We-No-Nah
Gift of W.J. Landon in memory of Ida Cone Landon 1900 The Statuary grouping of We-No-Nah and its turtles and pelicans was erected in Central Park on August 26, 1902, and incorporated in Levee Plaza 1977. We-No-Nah, meaning first born daughter in the Dakota language, is the namesake for our city and county. Legend tells of her love for a simple hunter instead of the warrior chosen by her father, Chief Wahpashaw. Rather than marry a man she didn't love, We-No-Nah climbed to the top . . . — Map (db m49941) HM
Minnesota (Winona County), Winona — Winona: River Village, Lumber Town, College Town
Winona has been home to many peoples ever since the first Native Americans hunted mammoths and mastodons 12,000 years ago. The Dakota and Ho-Chunk lived here until the 1850s. The Dakota called it "Keoxa," or homeland. Their word "wenonah" means "first-born daughter." Sawmills drove Winona's first economic boom from the 1850s to 1900, as huge pine log rafts floated downriver from northern Wisconsin. German, Polish and Irish immigrants powered the prosperity of the era, which . . . — Map (db m80090) HM
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