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Gardner, Kansas: Where the Trails Divide

Historical marker (photo-Sween)
"My dad, who had the wit of Will Rodgers and the direct, honest style of a self employed man, had his own theory about the founding of Gardner. He said that where the trails divided, there were two signs ... one said "Road to Santa Fe" and the other said "Road to Oregon" and all those going to Santa Fe went down the Santa Fe road .... all those going to Oregon went down the Oregon trail ... But us poor sob's couldn't read just settled right here in Gardner.

That's an account you won't get from the Chamber of Commerce."

by Charles U. Finley, quoting his father, Cecil Finley.