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Once the home of wealthy lumber barons, and before that a thriving band of Dakota Indians, Winona has a rich history that can be seen in the beautiful buildings around town and the fascinating displays in local museums.

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The Pickwick Mill was built from 1856 to 1858 by Thomas Grant and Wilson Davis and is one of the oldest water powered gristmills found in southeast Minnesota. The mill ran 24 hours a day during the Civil War and produced 100 barrels daily for the Union Army. After the war, the mill became a flour-milling center for most of southern Minnesota and portions of Iowa and Wisconsin. Winona, MN www.visitwinona.com

Wedding dress and mantle worn by Adda Thompson of Winona, Minnesota at her wedding in 1879. The ensemble was made by St. Paul dressmaker Mrs. A. Worley. The one-piece purple velvet and satin dress (left) has a long cuirass bodice, a ruched satin center front panel and a flounced and draped velvet overskirt with a slight train. The matching velvet dolman, or mantle (right), is of a close fitting cape construction with small sleeves attached through the side front. www.visitwinona.com

Indian Rock Mountain postcard from Winona, Minnesota www.visitwinona.com

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Shaunnessy's Fall. Gilmore Creek in Winona, Minnesota postcard www.visitwinona.com

George Maher's architectural Rockledge dining chair and Percel-Emslie's Merchants Bank boardroom chair. In the Collection of the Winona County History Center in Winona, MN www.visitwinona.com

Charles A Tenney I Trade card. This one is unusual in a couple ways. It is a stock card intended specifically for portrait photographers, copyrighted in 1883 by George M.Hayes. Photographer Charles A. Tenney of Winona, Minnesota advertised a wide range of photographic services on the back of the card, but featured a small landscape albumen print affixed to the front. www.visitwinona.com

Found in Winona, Minnesota, the Happy Chef was promoted as the "World's Largest Talking Chef". He is the icon for the Happy Chef restaurant chain which was founded in 1963. Winona, MN www.visitwinona.com