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Kansas Historical Quarterly - Geographic Center of the United States

From Kansas Historical Markers, by Kirke Mechem,
in the November 1941 Kansas Historical Quarterly

Text of the Geographic Center
of the U. S. marker, Lebanon

"You are now in the exact center of the United States. On a farm three miles north is the official location established by the U. S. Geological Survey. It is the point where a plane map of the nation would balance if it were of uniform thickness. Transcontinental mileages are:"

[The marker displays an outline of the United States annotated with places and their distances from the geographic of the U. S. This list is provided for ease of reference.]

Bangor 1946
Brownsville 1200
Boston 1702
Canadian border   808
Charleston 1534
Chicago   716
Denver   356
Detroit   986
Duluth   818
El Paso 1102
Galveston   902
Helena 1333
Jacksonville 1538
Los Angeles 1665
Memphis   805
Miami 1887
New Orleans 1114
New York 1471
Phoenix 1294
Portland 1848
Seattle 1986
San Francisco 1694
Salt Lake City   930
Santa Fe   768
St. Louis   526
"ERECTED BY
KANSAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
AND STATE HIGHWAY COMMISSION"