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Mascoutah in St. Clair County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980

 
 
U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
1. U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 Marker
Inscription.  On May 16, 1971 Secretary of Commerce Maurice H. Stans dedicated this standard marking the center of population of the United States.

The 1970 decennial census established this center at latitude 38 degrees 27 minutes 47 seconds north and longitude 89 degrees 42 minutes 22 seconds west. The exact location is 5.3 miles east southeast of this marker.
 
Erected 1971.
 
Location. 38° 29.423′ N, 89° 47.866′ W. Marker is in Mascoutah, Illinois, in St. Clair County. Marker is on West Main Street (Illinois Route 177) just west of North Railway Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is in front of Mascoutah City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 West Main Street, Mascoutah IL 62258, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Illinois Remembers POW/MIA (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Mississippi Bubble (approx. 6.9 miles away); Mermaid House Hotel (approx. 7.9 miles away); The Deneen Family (approx. 8.1 miles away); Historic Garfield Street Saloon
U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jason Voigt, December 6, 2019
2. U.S. Center of Population 1970-1980 Marker
Marker is on the left, in front of the municipal building
(approx. 9.8 miles away); Gustavus Koerner (approx. 9.9 miles away); Ever and Anon Park (approx. 9.9 miles away); John Messinger, 1771-1846 (approx. 10 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Remembering former exact center of country. St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, published on May 21, 2010, looks back on the town of Mascoutah's forgotten claim to fame, interviewing residents who remembered the occasion (Submitted on December 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 

2. 'Population Center' of U.S. Edges Westward in Illinois. New York Times article (written by B. Drummond Ayres, Jr., published on April 27, 1971) interviewing Lawrence Friederich, who owned the farmland where the exact spot of the U.S. Center of Population stood at the time. (Submitted on December 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 9, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 48 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 10, 2019, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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