Pepin and Breschard are credited as being the first company to venture west past the Appalachian Mountains. Their circus was comprised of traditional acts, equestrian feats and entertaining pantomimes. Taking the circus west was an adventure in itself since the territory was still considered unsettled. Once the railway system was created and tracks ran through, other companies easily crossed over to present their shows in these areas. Pepin and Breschard however, are still credited with being the first company to pass the Mississippi.