Center of the Nation Monument
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The Center Shouldn’t Hold

July 4, 2007, New York Times

By ANDRO LINKLATER
Markbeech, England

Center of the Nation Dedication

2007 Dedication Ceremony with Senator John Thune and Representative Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin.

IT'S just a red stake stuck in an anonymous spread of pasture 20 miles north of Belle Fourche, S.D., a rodeo town of about 5,000 inhabitants. But it is also the geographical center of the United States of America, as defined by the National Geodetic Survey in 1959. Or at least it is for now.

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