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Center of the Nation Monument

415 Fifth Avenue, Belle Fourche, South Dakota 57717 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Tue 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating
  • No Wifi

“Geographic Center of the Nation”

The Geographic Center of the Nation Monument, a 21-foot diameter structure made of etched-SD granite marks Belle Fourche as the town closest to the center of the 50 states. The monument is located at the Belle Fourche Chamber and Visitor Information Center/Tri-State Museum building offering visitors a rewarding, well-rounded vision of the Belle Fourche experience.

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Reviewed by
wharfrat3

  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
June 14, 2016
Rated 3.0

We didn't go here, instead we went to the real center on the country. Go north out of Belle Fourche about 15 miles on US 85. Turn left onto Old Hwy 85 and go about 7.5-8 miles.
On the right, in a filed, you'll see an American flag. And 2 USGS markers, one from 1959, the other from 1962, marking the spot.
If you're travelling on US 85, it's a nice detour.

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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April 30, 2015
Rated 4.0

I like that they put the marker next to some other stuff to see and do, like the museum. This is the kind of place that's best appreciated while on a long road trip-- you can get out, stretch your legs, take a few pictures and get your mind off being on the road for a minute, but it's definitely not going to be a long stop or anything.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
DavinieFiero

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  • 10 Helpful
June 24, 2016
Rated 3.0

Stopped inside for a postcard, pressed penny, and my daughter got a spoon for her collection too.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
ProfDynamite

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
November 30, 2015

Here's a twist! The Geographical Center of North America isn't here. In fact, it's not even in South Dakota. To see the true (and less rewarding) Geographical Center of North America, make a trip to the small town of Rugby, North Dakota.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
erinallen53105

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 17, 2014
Rated 4.0

Great free museum, national site, and a cabin to walk thru. Quick drive from Spearfish or Devil's Tower.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jana

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  • 1 Helpful
July 11, 2018
Rated 2.0

So, we learned this isn't exactly the center. It's a nice monument but after learning that it was not the center.... we were a bit disappointed. Why erect such an elaborate monument when it's not the real thing?

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Reviewed by
Cin

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  • 7 Helpful
May 15, 2018

This can't possibly be the center of the country. And nothing north of it either.

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Reviewed by
Mark

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 29, 2017
Rated 1.0

We went out of our way to go here, if it had been on the way to somewhere I'd given it a better rating but it wasn't worth the extra drive.

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Reviewed by
gina.bradley.5

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 17, 2017
Rated 4.0

This is a cute little roadside attraction. The museum is full of pioneer life displays and it is a nice spot in Bell Fourche to stretch your legs. The photo op at the monument is nice and a short walk through the cabin. Everyone working seems nice to talk with.

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jillfadnessmiller

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  • 1 Helpful
July 03, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great place to stop and stretch your legs. Beautiful park.

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Center of the Nation Monument

415 Fifth Avenue
Belle Fourche, South Dakota
57717 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Tue - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Free Parking
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