|Belly of the Whale|
Other parts of the nation that don't have that direct connection to France don't feel the way we do here. Online pundits make fun of St. Louis for being the Gateway To The West.
But, we're proud of our historical position. We still remember a time when St. Louis was the European's frontier.
A family of New Orleanians (who came directly from France) made the arduous trek north and founded The City of St. Louis.
Louisiana, we're still siblings. So, we don't still make our living on the fur trade and you're still making yours off of...wait..
What was the New Orleanian method of money making back in the old days? Well, if it wasn't terribly obvious, Amabassador is from Louisiana, Baton Rouge to be specific.
Those old connections though, they never really die. Though my family isn't native to St. Louis, their music still speaks to me via French back channels. (Also, I'm not French.)