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Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States

130 Road, Lebanon, Kansas 66952 USA

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“the literal heart of the USA”

While any measurement of the exact center of the United States will always be imprecise for a number of reasons, due to such factors as the exact placement of thousands of miles of changing shoreline, the U.S. National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has produced designated coordinates for the center of the United States. From the time of the 1912 additions of New Mexico and Arizona, until the 1959 additions of Alaska and Hawaii, the NGS placed the geographic center of the entire United States at a point near the town of Lebanon, Kansas. Since 1959 this location still stands as the Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States,  The location for contiguous U.S. center is pinpointed by a historical marker that is located within a small park at the intersection of AA Road and K-191, accessible by a turn-off from U.S. Route 281 approximately 1.74 miles northwest of the town center of Lebanon, Kansas. The marker supposedly indicates the actual point measured by a survey performed in 1918. The measured center is about a half to three-quarters of a mile away on a private farm. The farm's owner did not want tourists trudging through his field, so the marker was placed as close as possible. There is usually an American flag flying on the pole placed on top of the monument. Just to the south of the monument, yards away, is a covered picnic area and small four-pew chapel where a couple can take wedding vows.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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April 30, 2015
Rated 4.0

If you're in the area, may as well stop by and take a picture. At least you can say that you were at the center of the country (well, the lower 48 at least). Also, if you were a fan of American Gods by Neil Gaiman, this will be of particular interest to you.

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AndrewHollen

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July 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

Stopped by after seeing the World's Largest Ball of Twine. If in the neighborhood it's worth a photo, after all, it is the only one in the US.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
anthonyvu5464

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  • 1 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

Okay

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
A. Crews

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March 28, 2014

Cool spot, nothing at all anywhere near it though.

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Reviewed by
LuckyP

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October 11, 2021
Rated 3.0

Definitely cool to see and take in. I wouldn’t go more than 20 minutes out of my way to experience it though. If your gps is like mine, it will say you’ve reached it a few hundred feet beforehand. Just look for that little white church you see in the photos and it’ll get you there.

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julie.angarone

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July 25, 2021

Do. It follow Roadtrippers “Navigate” to this, it wanted us to go south from the Geodetic center of North America when it is actually north from there.

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roadtripper687819

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July 09, 2021
Rated 4.0

Interesting short stop that is free and well kept. Only thing I wished it had was a bathroom lol because not many businesses around.

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FarmerGrl45

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  • 6 Helpful
October 08, 2020
Rated 3.0

Fun if you are in the area & a fun selfie for IG! Good signage to get there but warning, it’s in the middle of nowhere. Nice roadtrip stop and nice place for a picnic.

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catranspot

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September 22, 2020

Nice stop in the middle of nowhere. We hit the Ball of Twine next.

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AndrewHollen

  • 6 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 22, 2017
Rated 4.0

Stopped by after seeing the World's Largest Ball of Twine. If in the neighborhood it's worth a photo, after all, it is the only one in the US.

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Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States

130 Road
Lebanon, Kansas
66952 USA

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