Enterprise

Name:

Enterprise

County:

Winona

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

43° 56′ 5 N, 91° 51′ 40 W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Enterprise is an abandoned townsite in section 36 of Utica Township, in Winona County, Minnesota, United States.

Remains:

Enterprise was founded by Alexander Whittier, who established three inns at the roadside in the 1850s. A mill and dam were built by Nathan B. Ufford in 1854, and a post office was opened in Luther C. Rice’s general store in 1858. The town and post office were known as Neoca (Neoca is believed to be the name of a young Winnebago Indian woman), until 1860, when the name Enterprise was adopted. Enterprise’s Post Office was then relocated to new Postmaster Nathan B. Ufford’s mill. A number of businesses operated in Enterprise, most notably the mill, a match factory, and a lime kiln, but with the development of nearby Lewiston four miles to the north, the town dwindled, and eventually the post office was discontinued in 1901.

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Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

Luther Rice’s general store exists to this day, although it was relocated approximately 1/2 mile west from its original location, and is now called the Fremont Store. A Masonic Lodge was also chartered in Enterprise. Harmony Lodge #43 was chartered in 1863, but moved to Lewiston in 1868.

Remarks:

A rest area on Interstate 90 took its name from the former town.

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