The first female mayor in the United States was elected in Minnesota in 1887. Susanna Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas, but she was originally from Minnesota.
Winona County, Minnesota, has a rich and diverse history shaped by its geographical location and the people who have called it home. The region was initially inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Dakota Sioux and Winnebago tribes, who relied on the area's abundant natural resources for their livelihoods. European settlement began in the early 19th century with the arrival of fur traders and missionaries.

The county was officially established on February 23, 1854, with Winona serving as its county seat. During the mid-19th century, the area experienced a boom in population and economic growth due to the logging and milling industries. The Mississippi River played a crucial role in the transportation of goods, making Winona County a pivotal hub for trade and commerce.

In the late 19th century, Winona County witnessed a shift in its economy as agriculture became the dominant industry. Fertile soil and favorable growing conditions made the region ideal for farming, particularly wheat and dairy production. The county's agricultural abundance led to the establishment of grain elevators, creameries, and other agricultural infrastructure.

Throughout the 20th century, Winona County continued to evolve, with a growing focus on education, healthcare, and manufacturing. The city of Winona became a center for higher education, with the establishment of several colleges and universities. The county also saw the rise of healthcare institutions and manufacturing facilities, further diversifying its economy.

Today, Winona County is celebrated for its natural beauty, vibrant arts scene, and strong sense of community. Its history is showcased in numerous historical sites, museums, and festivals, honoring the past while embracing the opportunities and challenges of the present.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Winona County, Minnesota.

  • 1854 - Winona County is established by an act of the Minnesota Territory Legislature
  • 1856 - The city of Winona is incorporated as the county seat
  • 1857 - The first courthouse is built in Winona
  • 1871 - The Winona and St. Peter Railroad is completed, connecting Winona to the growing rail network
  • 1883 - The Merrick State Park is established on the Mississippi River
  • 1941 - The Winona Municipal Airport is opened
  • 1965 - Winona State University is founded
  • 1988 - The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is established in Winona