one of the last frontiers in the contiguous 48 states, which were
heralded as a great agricultural Garden of Eden. A divergent ethnic
composition, long and severe winters, a short growing season, and
muskeg swamps intensified the problems of this isolated frontier.
But the natural forest and abundance of waterpower helped shape
the area's history.
author focuses on pioneers who settled within a 60 - 70 miles on
the northern border of Minnesota in an area extending from Baudette
on the west to Kettle Falls on the east. Realizing that this would
be some of the last free land, the pioneers had hopes that were
probably greater than on earlier frontiers.
pages, 1983, hardcover