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Murfreesboro in Rutherford County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Geographic Center of Tennessee

 
 
Geographic Center of Tennessee Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 30, 2009
1. Geographic Center of Tennessee Marker
Inscription.  In 1834, the State of Tennessee hired Professor James Hamilton to find its geographic center in order to locate the state capital as near as possible to the center of the state. However, certain circumstances and politics left the capital in Nashville, although Governor James Knox Polk wanted it moved to Murfreesboro. In 1976, ½ mile northeast on Old Lascassas Road an obelisk was placed by the Rutherford County Historical Society at the state's geographic center.
 
Erected by Tennessee Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3A 166.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable PlacesPolitical Subdivisions. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #11 James K. Polk, and the Tennessee Historical Commission series lists.
 
Location. 35° 51.251′ N, 86° 21.98′ W. Marker is in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in Rutherford County. Marker is at the intersection of Greenland Drive and Lascassas Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Greenland
Middle TN State Univ.- Murphy Center in background image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 30, 2009
2. Middle TN State Univ.- Murphy Center in background
Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James M. Buchanan (approx. half a mile away); Middle Tennessee State Teachers College Training School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Confederate Circle at Evergreen (approx. 0.8 miles away); Rutherford Hospital / Middle Tennessee Medical Center (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Civil War (approx. one mile away); Wetland Plants and Animals (approx. one mile away); Agriculture and Gardening (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
Geographic Center of Tennessee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 30, 2009
3. Geographic Center of Tennessee Monument
Coord: N35 51.582 W86 21.726
Monument placque image. Click for full size.
By Tom Gillard, December 30, 2009
4. Monument placque
Geographic Center of Tennessee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, January 26, 2011
5. Geographic Center of Tennessee Monument
Obelisk as seen looking north on Old Lascassas Pike.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 13,710 times since then and 44 times this year. Last updated on April 17, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee.   5. submitted on February 2, 2011, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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