Lebanon, Kansas: Geographical Center of the 48 StatesThe ultimate fallback position in case we're attacked by Canada, Mexico, and the Fish People from the Atlantic and Pacific. Bonus: a tiny church decorated with an American flag shaped like the lower 48, and bisected by a wooden cross.
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The chapel has been rebuilt, and a flagpole was added to the monument. If you're nearby, it's well worth the stop. A historical marker has been added about three miles away on Hwy 36. It doesn't say why it wasn't added at the actual site.[Chuck Dunaj, 08/13/2010]
The monument -- which was built in 1941 -- isn't at the center, either. The exact spot is in a field adjacent to the monument, but the farmer didn't want visitors on his land.
Our beautiful little chapel was destroyed on June 1 when someone traveling at a high speed was not able to turn at the T at the end of K-191 highway and totally demolished it on impact.
We are hoping to be able to replace it but the sentiment will not be the same for residents.[Pat, 06/19/2008]
A grave blow to Tiny Churchdom....
Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States is located just north and west of Lebanon, KS, adjacent to a pasture and overseen by a friendly-if-nonplussed herd of cows. The Center is a small grass patch containing a 10 ft. high stone podium and flagpole, on which U.S. and Kansas flags fly. A small plaque on the podium informs visitors that a government geographic survey in 1898(?) established this spot as the center of the continental U.S. A picnic table allows you to contemplate the the equilibrium of your surroundings. Nearby is a tiny hut, the Chapel at the Center, which invites you to pray (a bible is provided at the altar; it was open to the book of Revelation when we visited) and sign the guestbook. Souvenirs, a sign informs you, are available back down the road in the town of Lebanon.[B Bergevin, 01/12/2003]
This is a very small chapel outside of Lebanon. The chapel has seating forabout 6 friendly people and was well kept up. It is purported to be "the Geographical Center of the U.S.A." It sits on a little rise overlooking a corn field. Nearby is a defunct motel. You can get info on how to get there from the cafe in Lebanon.[Penny Spring, 06/16/2002]
Nearby is this monument marking the "Geographical Center of the 48 States."