Lake Pepin
Lake Pepin: Minnesota on the left and Wisconsin on the right

When Laura Ingalls Wilder was a little girl in the big woods of Wisconsin, my great-great-grandparents were young immigrants from Sweden living on the other side of Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota. I wonder if their paths crossed when the Ingalls family crossed the frozen lake in 1874 and checked into a hotel while Laura recovered from Scarlet Fever.

This week I drove to Lake City to visit some of the same places those families would have seen over a hundred years ago. In keeping with the nostalgia, I edited all my photos with Silver Efex Pro from the Nik Collection by Google.

Lake Pepin Pearl Button Company
The Lake Pepin Pearl Button Co. was built in 1866 and originally served as a general store.
Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church, Lake City, Minnesota: My great-great-grandparents were married here.
Lake City's City Hall was built in 1899.
Lake City’s City Hall was built in 1899.
Bell Tower
City Hall Bell Tower
Iron Fence: Lake City 2002
Fence surrounding the City Hall


Historic Lake City, Minnesota
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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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