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Geographical Center of the U.S. (48 Contiguous States)

Smith County, Kansas, is the geographical center of the 48 contiguous states. The actual marker is outside of Lebanon, Kansas.

Address: Smith County Chamber of Commerce, 113 S. Main Street, Smith Center, Kansas 66967; 785-282-3895. Web:

Geodetic Center
of North America

The Geodetic Center of North America is about 40 miles south of Lebanon, Kansas, at Meade's Ranch. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America.

This center was located in 1901 by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey. This point should not be confused with the geographical center described above, which is about 42 miles to the north in Smith County.

Address: Osborne Chamber of Commerce, 130 N. First Street, Osborne, Kansas 67473; 785-346-2670. Web:


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