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Welcome to Winona, Mississippi, "The Crossroads of North Mississippi." The town was formed in the early 1860s when Colonel OJ Moore agreed to let the railroad and a train station be constructed on his land near the town of Middleton. The railroad and station attracted a substantial amount of business and Winona grew quickly into a busy trading town. By the 1890s, Winona was home to two carriage and wagon factories and a grist mill. The town also produced a large amount of cotton. An article from the same time period praised the towns brass band and capacious public hall. The town never grew much beyond its early beginnings, and currently has a population of just over 5,000. The town was the birthplace of EW Hammons, an American film producer in the 1920s and 30s. He produced more than 220 films starring such greats as Fatty Arbuckle, Buster Keaton, Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, and Shirley Temple. While there are a number of other notable people associated with the town, our favorite is James Michael Tyler, the actor who portrayed Gunther in Friends. We hope you enjoy our visit in Winona!