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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  • Just driving along when we saw the sign so turned around for a visit. Fun place to stop. There are tables and grills to enjoy a picnic but it was so windy this day that cornstalks were flying around.....  more
    Just driving along when we saw the sign so turned around for a visit. Fun place to stop. There are tables and grills to enjoy a picnic but it was so windy this day that cornstalks were flying around.....  more »
  • We spotted this on the map and just had to stop and see. Very nice little facility. Well kept, not far from the highway. There is an official marker (with flag), a couple of signs, a little chapel... 
    We spotted this on the map and just had to stop and see. Very nice little facility. Well kept, not far from the highway. There is an official marker (with flag), a couple of signs, a little chapel...  more »
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  • Interesting monument in an interesting location. It is worth stopping by if you are in this part of the prairie. 🙂 There is much to consider onsite, and a good pavilion with tables and benches for a snack.
  • Very uniquely fun place to stop. They have a really cute set-up that is well cared for. There's even a shaded picnic pavilion.

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