Sugar Loaf Bluff

Sugar Loaf Bluff (HMSZ7)

Location: Winona, MN 55987 Winona County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 1.913', W 91° 37.672'

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"The crown of the majestic Sugar Loaf Bluff is disappearing before the strokes of the utilitarian quarrymen," editorialized the Winona Daily Republican in 1886. "In a very few years that widely known landmark will be but a homely reminiscence of its former beauty and grandeur."

The quarrying operation that resulted in the unusual formation at the top of Sugar Loaf provided limestone to build Winona's sidewalks and trim for many brick buildings before work was discontinued before World War I.

Rising over 450 feet above Winona, the peak in its original configuration as a rounded dome with a fringe of evergreen on the crown was well known to early explorers, traders, tourists, and river boat pilots. An often repeated legend says that the mountain was Chief Wabasha's red cap, originally presented to him by a British officer. The site is called "Wabasha's Cap" in early narratives.

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Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society
Funding provided by the LCMR
HM NumberHMSZ7
Year Placed1989
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society, funding by the LCMR [Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources]
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 6:20am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 609951 N 4876329
Decimal Degrees44.03188333, -91.62786667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 1.913', W 91° 37.672'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 1' 54.78" N, 91° 37' 40.32" W
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Area Code(s)507
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 902 Parks Ave, Winona MN 55987, US
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