This sign near the roads...
This sign near the roads means that the Santa Fe or the Oregon trail passed where you are driving. In Kansas less than 150 years ago men, women, and children from eastern states and foreign lands came by covered wagon. These were people who wanted to live free, rely only on them selves or their friends, and they wanted to own land. It was their dream. They loaded every thing they owned into covered wagons and ignored the hard ship and great peril to pursue that dream. Many of them died. Entire families died on the trail.
When you are here in Kansas and other states you will meet the descendants of those people. I hope it will help you to understand the attitudes of many Americans. Those same attitudes of 150 years ago have been passed down. You will meet people who can be independant and yet also very kind or generous. You will meet people who are so fiercely protective of their personal freedoms they may seem rude at times.
Hard to explain all about American culture in just a few sentances. This might give you a brief idea of people here in Kansas. Smile and be polite and you will be treated the same way.
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