So, so, so many boring miles driving across Nebraska that I want to cut my eyeballs out. Lucky for me even the tiniest distraction was enough to take a break. One lone sign on the shoulder of the interstate made me detour into Lebanon, Kansas to visit The Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States.
There really isn’t much at this location other than a couple welcome signs, an information board with newspaper clippings & other info docs about the site, a small chapel, and the geographical marker itself.
Here you can see the marker in all it’s glory – a small stone monument with a crooked flagpole on top. Mind you this entire site is literally the middle of nowhere surrounded by farm fields.
View of the small hitching-post welcome sign next to the monument.
On the monument itself is a nice bronze plaque with the geographical survey details which were determined way, way back in 1918. This location is also not to be confused with the geographical center of all 50 states which is in Belle Fourche, South Dakota (which I visited back in 2016 also by accident). This spot was identified before Hawaii and Alaska were added as states and again is noted as the contiguous center only.
There is also a teeny-tiny small chapel, aptly named “U.S. Center Chapel”. It’s always open and contains only a few pews and a small podium up front. Sign into the log book here – it has been visited by people from all 50 states and most countries around the world.
Weather today is unbearably hot but the views looking down East 191 are gorgeous. Time to get back on the road!
Bonus Fun Oddity From The Future: Of all the years that I have to visit this location, Bruce Springsteen decides to make a freakin’ Super Bowl commercial for Jeep at the same spot. Super weird since this place is literally in the middle of nowhere. You can watch it on YouTube here.
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Author’s Note: Due to my lazy nature and/or busy schedule, I’m posting this from the future in July 2021. Original visit date September 1, 2020 which is during the time that the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing. I was travelling solo and always masked up when not outdoors and socially distanced. Sadly my trip got derailed due to close contact with infected parties and I had to bail out early (luckily I tested negative upon return). Needless to say this wasn’t my favorite trip and I’ve been putting off posting it. Anyways, enjoy it now, travel safely, and get vaccinated.