After Wisconsin-based companies manufactured bicycles, bicycling enthusiasts helped to facilitate tourism and travel in the state.
Equipment manufacturers like Suick and Mepps played a role in making fishing a major tourist attraction in northern Wisconsin.
A chance encounter brought this fishing lure to Antigo and put northern Wisconsin on the sports fishing map.
Wisconsin wheelmen and women welcomed the freedom of cycling during the 1890s bicycle craze. Magazines and tourbooks helped guide riders interested in bicycle touring in the region.
There were few paved roads in Wisconsin in the 1890s for cyclists to use. Some wheelmen tried to organize politically to improve traveling conditions, with little success.