Geographic Center of the  United States of America

Lebanon, Kansas

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Geographic Center of the United States Map

Geographic Center of the United States - Lebanon, Kansas
Geographical Center of the United States monument
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.

Geographic Center of the United States plaque
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 center)

U. S. Center Chapel at Geographic Center of the United States
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 It has since been
replaced by a new chapel.

U. S. Center Chapel
The new U. S. Center Chapel, photographed in 2014.

Interoir of the U. S. Center Chapel at Geographic Center
Interior of the U. S. Center Chapel

T intersection at the end of K-191 Highway
Approaching the Geographical Center of the United States on March 23, 2008.

Kansas Historical Marker
Kansas Historical Marker on US Highway 36 near Lebanon, Kansas

Geographic Center of the United States Map
Geographic Center of the United States Map

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