Woodlawn Cemetery

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Woodlawn Cemetery

506 West Lake Blvd
Winona, Winona County, Minnesota, 55987 USA
Phone (507)452-6016
Memorials 14,980 added (45% photographed)

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A deed for forty acres of land, selling at a price of $630.00, was recorded September 13, 1862. On January 1, 1883, an additional forty acres were purchased. The Association now owns about 224 acres. As of June 9, 1883, 773 lots had been sold and 2,356 burials made. The association, who set aside twenty percent of the selling price of each lot for maintenance, had $3,500.00 in their account. The remains of Scott Clark had been buried some thirty years previous, with the first internment burial after the land was designated as a human burial ground being that of Benjamin Lowe in the summer of 1862. The largest public cemetery within the City of Winona, it has 21,000+ burials. This cemetery has a section called Potter's Field were indigent persons or unknown persons (such as bodies found in the river or men hitching a ride and then falling off trains and getting run over, etc.) were buried at the cost of the city. Winona was also famous for its "Red Light" district and often newborns or part thereof were found floating in the river after one of the "girls" gave birth. Most of the 1,000+ graves in this section are unmarked. Many of the notable citizens of Winona are buried within this cemetery including the Watkins Family, the Lamberton Family and the Huff Family. The cemetery contains many beautiful and elaborate mausoleums, including one built into the hillside which is rumored to be haunted! It is also the final resting place of the only known Revolutionary War soldier buried in the state. Its many interesting gravestones include angels, a roman soldier, life-like children, weeping women, elaborate columns, bronze sculpture, and one shaped as an anchor for a couple "lost" on the North Sea. The cemetery keeps excellent records. (text by C. Kay)


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GPS Coordinates: 44.0353, -91.6594

  • Added: 2 Jan 2000
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #83860