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Near Rochelle in McCulloch County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Geographic Center of Texas

 
 
Geographic Center of Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
1. Geographic Center of Texas Marker
Inscription. Five miles northwest is the geographic center of Texas, an imaginary point whose co-ordinates divide the state into four equal areas. In straight-line distance it is 437 miles from the state’s most westerly point on the Rio Grande River above El Paso, 412 miles from the most northerly point in the northwest corner of the Panhandle near Texline, 401 miles from the most southerly point on the Rio Grande below Brownsville and 341 miles from the most easterly point on the Sabine River near Burkeville. Maximum border-to-border distance is 801 miles from north to south and 773 miles from east to west.

Enclosed within the 4,137-mile perimeter of the state are 267,339 square miles or 7.4 per center of the nation’s total area. Fifteen of the 50 states could be readily accommodated within Texas’ borders -- with more than 1,000 square miles left over. Brewster, in southwest Texas, is the largest of the state’s 254 counties with 6,208 square miles, an area larger than the state of Connecticut. Smallest county is Rockwall in northeast Texas with 147 square miles.

Texas elevations rise from sea level along the 624-mile coast of the Gulf of Mexico to 8,751 feet atop Guadalupe Peak in the Guadalupe Mountains. Altitude at this point is 1,545 feet. Terrain varies from the subtropic Rio Grande Valley to the trackless Great Plains,
Geographic Center of Texas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
2. Geographic Center of Texas Marker
View to east across US 377
from the lush forest of east Texas to the rugged Trans-Pecos region where mountain ranges thrust 90 peaks a mile or more into the sky, but perhaps nowhere are Texas contrasts more pronounced than in average annual rainfall; from more than 56 inches along the Sabine River, nearly as much as Miami’s, to less than 8 inches in the extreme west, as little as Phoenix’s.
 
Erected 1963 by Texas Highway Department. (Marker Number 2146.)
 
Location. 31° 23.487′ N, 99° 10.235′ W. Marker is near Rochelle, Texas, in McCulloch County. Marker is on U.S. 377 0.4 miles north of County Road 454, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rochelle TX 76872, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rochelle Depot (approx. 11.6 miles away); Rochelle Cemetery (approx. 12.3 miles away); Mr. and Mrs. W.P. Williams (approx. 14 miles away); Town of Trickham (approx. 14 miles away); Unknown Pioneers (approx. 14.1 miles away); Trickham, Texas (approx. 14.1 miles away).
 
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View to North Along US 377 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 11, 2018
3. View to North Along US 377
Marker is on right (east) side of highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 17, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 54 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 17, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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