Around 1855 The Hillside Fish House, originally called the Marshland House, was built as a railroad junction hotel to accommodate the crews and passengers from the railroads that served the area. Local Indians brought fish (primarily walleye) and game to trade for kerosene and other necessities.
The Marshland House, owned by the Herrek family, fed the fresh game and fish to their guests. Over the years, the place gained a reputation for serving good food, particularly walleyed pike. Around 1900, the Marshland House was sold to the Losinski family, who changed the name to the Hillside Tavern. Various members of the Losinski family operated the Hillside until the early 1990's when it was purchased by Tony Grenier.
Many local people recall going to Winona via the old wagon bridge that connected Wisconsin with Minnesota, stopping off at the Hillside to warm their foot bricks in the fireplace and enjoy a good meal on their way home. Today, Tony Grenier and the staff at the Hillside proudly continue the tradition of hospitality established by the original owners. The building is small and has limitations, but it is the original building that has been in continuous operation for more than 160 years.
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Hillside Fish House
The Marshland House prior to the 1897 fire
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