Geographic Center of the United States - Lebanon, Kansas
The Geographic Center of the United States (contiguous
48) is located about two miles northwest of Lebanon, Kansas. Take
US Highway 281 north 1 mile, and turn west one mile on K-191 to the maker
that has been erected at the end of the paved road. The actual center is
about a half mile away in the center of a former hog farm.
There really isn't very much to see or do at the Geographical
Center of the United States, but if you are passing through the area on
US highways 36 or 281, it is worth driving the short distance from Lebanon.
Sign the guest register and read some of the notes from previous visitors.
If you think to plan ahead, bring along some toys or other small gifts
for the people who follow you.
The Geographic Center of the United States
Latitude 39 degrees 50 minutes Longitude 98
degrees 35 minute
NE 1/4 - SE 1/4 0 S32 0 T2S - R11W
Located by L. T. Hagadorn of Paulette & Wilson - Engineers
and L. A. Beardslee - County Engineer. From Data furnished
by U. S Coast and Geodetic Survey.
(The sketch on the plaque shows the calculation used to locate the
This U.S. Geographic Center Chapel was destroyed by a speeding vehicle
missing the turn
at the T intersection at the end of K-191 Highway on June 1, 2008.
It has since been
replaced by a new chapel.
The new U. S. Center Chapel, photographed in 2014.
Interior of the U. S. Center Chapel
Approaching the Geographical Center of the United States on March 23,
Kansas Historical Marker on US Highway 36 near Lebanon, Kansas
Geographic Center of the United States Map
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