Belle Fourche, South Dakota: Center of the Nation Monument Team Field Report

415 Fifth Ave., Belle Fourche, SD
I-90 exit 10. US 85 north ten miles. A couple of blocks north of the railroad tracks at Faulk St., on the right, on the north side of the Visitor Information Center and Tri-State Museum.
Tu-Sa 10-4 (Call to verify)
Free. Museum: $2
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Geographic Center of the Nation.

Center of the Nation Monument
A large engraved patio allows you to stand in the exact spot of geographical middleness -- sort of -- for novelty snapshots. Report...

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Center of the Nation Monument.

Center of the Nation Monument

There is an old cabin there that was the first home built in the entire county with a plaque and life story of the man who built it. Two stories, too, which was novel for the time. It's very impressive and everything in it is period.

The information center is half info and half museum, with info on surrounding states too, and great area gift shop. The museum is quite large, and plays the John Wayne movie The Cowboys on a loop, since it features Belle Fourche (where all the area cattle were driven to before being shipped, by rail, to Chicago).

The volunteers are very friendly and knowledgeable. And the monument is very nicely done.

[Jessica, 09/07/2016]

Center of the Nation Monument.

Geographical Center of the U.S. (Visitors Center)

The tourist-friendly visitors center is up and running. We stopped by in July 2009. Outside, there's a walkway lined with state flags and the centerpiece, a large stone compass noting Belle Fourche as the geographic center of the 50 states. While tourist-friendly, the center isn't exactly accuracy friendly. The real center is about 13 miles north.

[Steve Cook, 11/23/2009]

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