By general consent Minnesota has enjoyed a superior reputation for climate, soil, and scenery beyond that of
any other State in the Union, with, perhaps, a single exception.
The real ground of this pre-eminence, especially in climate, has not been well understood, owing, probably, in
part, to the slight acquaintance with the general features and characteristics of the State itself, and, in part, to
that want of attention which the subject of climatology and its effects on the health of mankind has deserved.