Catching up on some delayed stuff. I always think of Laura and the spider frying pan she describes in Little House on the Prairie when I see the advertisement for the world’s largest frying pan along I-380.
The World’s Largest Frying Pan
The town of Brandon hosts a yearly pancake breakfast for the town with a cowboy theme, hence the giant, metal skillet. You can’t see it from the Interstate. I was surprised it was on the opposite side of town from the Interstate in a park next to the Brandon community center. As much as they advertise it I would have thought they’d have had it close on. That community center partially paid for with money from the pancake breakfast.
Brandon, Iowa Today
It’s an odd town. They have some beautiful buildings including two simply gorgeous old bank buildings (now other things). The cemetery at the top of the hill is beautiful and impressive, but it is an incredibly empty town now with several important things in temporary buildings and what seems to be the most important business operating out of the now converted old high school building.
Make the Stop
There isn’t much happening in Brandon, but I think it makes a nice photo op and place to stop and stretch and an unusual Laura photo for your collection. Here’s mine!
UPDATED June 17 2017: I made a few edits to this, mostly breaking up long sentences and paragraphs. Then I added some headings and the signature block.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.