Winona County Townships

  • Whitewater
  • Mount Vernon
  • Rollingstone
  • Elba
  • Altura/Norton
  • Stockton
  • Winona
  • St. Charles
  • Lewiston/Utica
  • Warren
  • Wilson
  • Homer
  • Richmond
  • Saratoga
  • Fremont
  • Hart
  • Wiscoy
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Dakota/Dresbach


ST. CHARLES CITY is situated in the extreme western part of Winona County, twenty-eight miles from Winona, on the south branch of the Whitewater River, has a population of about 2,000, and is the center of a rich farming country. It receives annually about 500,000 bushels of wheat directly from the producers. It has about thirty stores, several fine hotels, a bank, two large elevators, and a very fine school building, built at a cost of $15,000. It is one of the oldest inland towns in this section of, the state.

MINNESOTA CITY is situated at the mouth of the Rollingstone River. It was laid out and settled by a colony organized in New York, and at the time was supposed to be on the Mississippi River. It proved to be on a bayou not navigable. The water power upon the Rollingstone has made its milling interest a very important one. Troost's mill is the largest in the state outside of Minneapolis.

STOCKTON, on the W. & St. P. R. R. A small town of about 300 inhabitants, with three stores and two churches. It is one of the oldest inland places in Southern Minnesota. It is pleasantly situated on the south fork of the Rollingstone River. It has a fine flouring mill at present, with four run of stone, but the owners are now putting in a large steam engine, and propose to largely increase its capacity.

DRESBACH is situated upon the Mississippi River, and St. Paul and Chicago Railroad. Was laid out by George B. Dresbach, in 1857. It has four stores, and is an important for the manufacture of brick.

LEWISTON and UTICA are thriving villages upon the W. C St. P. R.R. Each have warehouses and elevators for handling wheat, with stores, blacksmiths, and other shops. They have sprung up since the completion of the railroad, and give promise of a prosperous future.

From An Illustrated Historical Atlas of the State of Minnesota Published by A.T. Andreas 1874


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