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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

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.

Winona, Minnesota, 1866

St Stanislaus Elementary School in Winona, Minnesota

Winona, MN

Bay State Milling Company, Winona, Minnesota, 1916 postcard

Winona, Minnesota - John Latsch public baths postcard

Boat harbor and marina, Winona, Minnesota, 1958

Hiawatha Belle Boat, Mississippi River, Winona, Minnesota postcard

Indian Rock Mountain postcard from Winona, Minnesota

Minnesota Postcard Winona MN Indian Rock Mountain Linen | eBay

Sunset on Mississippi River in Winona, Minnesota postcard

Winona Hotel in Winona, Minnesota 1940’s postcard

Sugar Loaf Winona, Minnesota 1940s postcard

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

Hello from Winona, Minnesota postcard

Downtown Mall in Winona, Minnesota

Sleigh Races in Winona, Minnesota

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

1919 Winona High School basketball team, Winona, Minnesota

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.

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

Vintage German language newspaper - 18 May 1941 - Winona, Minnesota

Winona State Teachers College, Winona Minnesota, 1936

Winona State University, Teachers College, by Hoard & Tenney, 1870's in Winona, MN