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Pepin County

Origin of Pepin County, Wisconsin

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Pepin County is named for Lake Pepin - an enlargement of the Mississippi River. Lake Pepin is one of the oldest names upon the map of Wisconsin, being mentioned by that title in 1700. It seems probable it was named for one of the companions of Duluth, whom he notes as being that vicinity in 1679, and not as Gannet (Place Names, p. 205) assumes, for the French king Pepin le Bref.

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[Source: Wisconsin History Collections, xvi, p. 184]