One of the city’s little-known gems is the Colonel’s Cupboard, tucked away on the grounds of Arsenal Technical High School. The restaurant, operated by high school students, is located in a brick Italianate house completed in 1870. For over thirty years it was home to the highest ranking officers at the United States Arsenal, located on the near east side near Woodruff Place. The Arsenal was built during the Civil War and remained active until after the Spanish-American War when it was no longer needed for military purposes. The government sold the seventy-six acre grounds and buildings to the Winona Technical Institute in 1903 for a technical training school, but the school went into receivership by 1909. Residents loved the park-like setting and considered many uses for the site, until movers-and-shakers realized the need for another high school. Despite legal issues with the property, Arsenal Technical High School opened on September 12, 1912…100 years ago yesterday.