Surrounded by lovely Victorian-era homes, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places, this city block is adorned by bright perennial gardens, a gazebo, and a historic sculptural fountain where park visitors can bask in the sunlight alongside famous Native American royalty, Princess Wenonah. The fountain’s center is a turn-of-the century bronze statue of Princess Wenonah (“first born daughter”), the Dakota Indian chief’s daughter who legend says is the namesake of Winona. The statue stands on a pedestal, with spraying pelicans and turtles surrounding her in the pond.
William Windom, for whom the park was named, lived across the street in the 1870’s, served in the U.S. Congress and Senate for a total of 24 years and was twice Secretary of the Treasury.
The fountain in Windom Park was donated in 1900 by Wm J. Landon in memory of his wife Ida Cone Landon.