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Rugby in Pierce County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Geographical Center of North America

 
 
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By Frankie, August 2, 2019
1. Geographical Center of North America Marker
Inscription.  In January 1931, a U.S. Geological Survey determined the center of North America in Pierce County. The center is marked with a monument or cairn that is pyramid form in shape. It is 21 feet high, 6 feet wide at its base, and setting on a heart-shaped foundation. It was built across the highway, northwest of its present location, by W.B. Paterson and E.B. Paterson with assistance from local Boy Scouts and other young men in the community. The Rugby Lions Club donated cement and other materials used in the construction. It was completed in August 1932. The cairn is one of many fieldstone structures built in native stone. The structure was moved to it's present location in July 1971 when Hwy 2 was four-laned. When you stand at the base of our monument you are truly at the CENTER OF IT ALL! Another interesting stop before you leave the monument is the Native American writing rock located at the northwest corner of the building adjacent to the monument. The rock may be small, but it's history offers a tall tale. The rock, said to have been made by the early Native Americans, is carved with imprints of a human hand, an owl, bear paws and more.
 
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Distances to Acapulco, Mexico and Arctic Circle, Canada image. Click for full size.
By Frankie, August 2, 2019
2. Distances to Acapulco, Mexico and Arctic Circle, Canada
48° 21.262′ N, 99° 59.884′ W. Marker is in Rugby, North Dakota, in Pierce County. Marker is on U.S. 2, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rugby ND 58368, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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By Frankie, August 2, 2019
3. Geographical Center of North America Marker
Geographical Center of North America Marker image. Click for full size.
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4. Geographical Center of North America Marker
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5. Flags at Geographical Center of North America Marker
Distances to Lubec, ME and Neah Bay, WA image. Click for full size.
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6. Distances to Lubec, ME and Neah Bay, WA
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2019. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 23, 2019. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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