Homer

Introduction Homer is one of a string of old rivertowns between Winona and La Crescent that sacrificed much of their historic core for the widening of US Highway 61. History Around 1831, Francois du Chouquette, a blacksmith, set up shop at the future village site but didn’t stick around long. Next on the scene was […]

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Dakota

Introduction The village of Dakota forms one axis of the Apple Blossom Scenic Drive. History John Reed was a premature arrival in this area; he tried to open a trading post in the 1840s but the Dakota, who still had legal claim to the land, evicted him. Jeremiah Tibbetts arrived in 1847 with a group […]

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La Moille

Introduction There isn’t much left of the village, but a mill and a state park give visitors good reason to stop in the area. History The village was initially known as McGilvery’s Landing because a guy named McGilvery ran a ferry from here. The village was named after a town in Vermont, presumably because one […]

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