This guide, compiled under the direction of the Dean of the College of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin, champions the economic promise of Wisconsin's northern counties for potential settlers in the 1890s. Profusely illustrated with photographs, charts, statistical lists, and maps, it discusses soil, climate, forest and water resources, land availability, and principal economic activities, with special emphasis on agricultural crops ( grains and grasses, root crops, etc.) and animal husbandry. Potato culture, sheep farming, swine breeding, and the dairy industry have chapters of their own. The book also provides capsule biographies of successful settlers from a variety of cultural and occupational backgrounds, along with resources for finding additional information.