The Geographic Center of the United States, Lebanon

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The geographic center of the contiguous United States is the center of 48 U.S. states. It has been regarded as such by the U.S. National Geodetic Survey (NGS) since the 1912 additions of New Mexico and Arizona to the United States.
Its position as located in a 1918 survey is located at, in Kansas about 2.6mi northwest of the center of Lebanon, approximately 12mi south of the Kansas-Nebraska border.
While any measurement of the exact center of a land mass will always be imprecise due to changing shorelines and other factors, the NGS coordinates are recognized in a historical marker in a small park at the intersection of AA Road and K-191. It is accessible by a turn-off from U.S. Route 281.
It is distinct from the geographic center of the United States, which reflects the 1959 additions of the states of Alaska and Hawaii, which is located at a point northeast of Belle Fourche, South Dakota.
In an unusual technical glitch, a farmstead northeast of Potwin, Kansas became the default site of 600 million IP addresses (due to their lack of fine granularity) when the Massachusetts-based digital mapping company MaxMind changed the putative geographic center of the contiguous United States from 39.8333333,-98.585522 to 38.0000,-97.0000.
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  • It's a quick stop and a unique place to say you've been. I got a few pictures and how many people can say they've been there?? They've recently added a Cedar of Lebanon with a very interesting story.....  more
    It's a quick stop and a unique place to say you've been. I got a few pictures and how many people can say they've been there?? They've recently added a Cedar of Lebanon with a very interesting story.....  more »
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  • What an amazing gem! My 10 year old was impressed with the concept and checked it off his list. I checked in on Facebook to hopefully inspire others!
  • What's not to adore, it's the geographic center of the contiguous states. Not far out of the way if you're travelling 36 and has some cool things to check out, aside from feeling like the center of the world!

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