Whence a Spark

The small town of Winona has always been small. In fact, in the 1901 ‘Illustrated History of Whitman County,’ it appears in the table of contents, but they couldn’t find room for it in the actual book. It, along with the towns of Dunior, Meeker and Hay find their names memorialized among the others, but when directed to page 228, the reader finds there was no room at the press for these tiny burgs.

I’m curious to the name. It is and always was a railroad town. It’s here was there is a wye in the tracks. Could the town have been named in honor of the wye? The spelling suggests that it wasn’t, but the United States Post Office always had the final say over things like that. Perhaps Wynona was too much for them.

The town did, however, find a place in 1920s ‘Homeseeker’s Guide to the State of Washington’:

Winona: Altitude 1,450 feet. Population (local estimate) 300. A farming village at the junction point of the Oregon-Washington Railroad & Navigation railway near the center of the county. Dairying, wheat, hay and stock raising are important. Fruit culture is carried on very successfully and a specialty is made of poultry. It has a grist mill, a weekly paper, two churches and good school facilities.


‘Whence a Spark’

Camera: Argus C3 (1953)
Film: Kodak Vision 3 200T (5213)
Process: C-41

Winona, Whitman County, Washington


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