Pepin, Wisconsin is the birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the inspiration for her first book Little House in the Big Woods. When I was a little girl, my Mom read us the whole series of Laura Ingalls Wilder books. Maybe because it was the first one she read to us , or maybe because we lived in Wisconsin ,Little House in the Big Woods is the one I remember the most. The picture above was taken by my hubby or I last summer on one of our little daytime jaunts. Lake Pepin was named after the Pepin brothers who were French traders and the first to settle this area.
On a beautiful summer day you will see scenes like this. Pepin was popular with wealthy Chicago socialites and Mark Twain was a frequent visitor. Lake Pepin is part of the mighty Mississippi and was once a steamboat boom town.
But Pepin's biggest claim to fame is the fact that Laura Ingalls Wilder was born here. Above is a reconstructed log cabin you can visit. The cabin sits in the original spot where Charles Ingalls built his.
In September, Pepin is home to Laura Ingall Wilder Days. If you go, you will see scenes like this.
And little girls competing for the Laura title. Some come with their families from all over the country.
And one is picked the lucky look'alike.
You might take in some tasty outdoor cooking.
How about a fiddle contest.
And at the end of the day, you can see beautiful scenes like this. The beauty of the sunset overlooking beautiful Lake Pepin. If you want more info, check out http://www.pepinwisconsin.com/
I hope you enjoyed our little jaunt. Cindy