From North Dakota Place Names by Douglas Wick:
Winona, dates from the 1870's and was founded primarily to cater to the off-duty wants of soldiers stationed at Fort Yates. It was located at the mouth of Cat-tail creek. The name is a Winnebago Sioux word meaning “first-born child, if a girl” This notorious town, known as “The Devil's colony” had an 1890 population of 150, with newspaper, hotel and at least nine saloons, complete with gambling and other attractions operating outside of the law. The Post Office closed in 1939, the town is now part of Lake Oahe.
History of Emmons County, 1976 - More History of Winona, Page 72
Excerpt From "My Dakota Land"
"Life In Old Winona"
Winona was surveyed by Ellery Channing Chilcott on Sections 5 and 8 of Township 130N, Range 79W and filed in December of 1884.
The Merchant's Hotel Around 1884
This map of Winona is from 1916 Atlas for Emmons County
Contributed by Mary Corcoran
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CHURCHES IN WINONA
Schools in Winona
Winona Celebrates 4 July 1888
Cattle Brands Article
Richard Evan's Pool Hall in Winona
Present Day Arial View of the Historic Winona Area
Darwin R. Streeter and the Napkin Incident
Dance Hall Girls
History rises: Low water exposes artifacts