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Geographic Center of the contiguous United States

130 Road, Lebanon, Kansas 66952 USA

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  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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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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  • 1,274 Reviews
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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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anthonyvu5464

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 22, 2014
Rated 4.0

Okay

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Reviewed by
A. Crews

  • 51 Reviews
  • 81 Helpful
March 28, 2014

Cool spot, nothing at all anywhere near it though.

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Reviewed by
AndrewHollen

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 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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AndrewHollen

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  • 0 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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Katelyn

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  • 35 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 25, 2016
Rated 4.0

Surrounded by crop fields, this little gem is a nice stopping point for a picnic or letting your dog out. There aren't any restrooms, but plenty of big trees and bushes...
Cute little chapel and a spring-loaded little ride.

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Rachael

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  • 4 Helpful
May 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

Such a fun place to stop! Watched the sun set and hung out in the CUTEST little mini chapel EVER! Only 8 seats and there is a spot for you to write down your name and city. :)

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Reviewed by
CaseyJones

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
November 6, 2014
Rated 4.0

Not bad. Kind of a fun drive up to it with a lot of hills. They have little crosses and a place to sign your name in the chapel. Good stop to break up a trip.

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tatermac

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November 4, 2014

Peace out

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October 14, 2014

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Geographic Center of the contiguous United States

130 Road
Lebanon, Kansas
66952 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
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