Altura is a city in Winona County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 417 at the 2000 census.
Altura started out as a hunting ground for the Sioux Indians. They hunted deer, bear, wolves, quail, and other game native to the area. They also trapped mink and muskrat in the streams that now run through many of the farms. The Sioux Indians were here until 1853 when they singed the Treaty of Traverse Des Sioux, and the Treaty of Mendota, which made the territory available for settlement.When the Sioux Indians left, the government offered the land for $1.25 an acre to the settlers for staking their claims.Settlers started to come and stake their claims, but many didn't have the money to even buy 160 acres of land at $1.25 an acre. The settlers who could not afford to buy were allowed to come and choose what land they wanted and stake their claim. There was trouble with other settlers coming along and jumping their claims of land. Staking the land did not give them title t