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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.)
 
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 Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Murfreesboro TN 37129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James M. Buchanan (approx. half a mile away); Evergreen Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Confederate Circle at Evergreen (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Civil War (approx. one mile away); Wetland Plants and Animals
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
(approx. one mile away); Agriculture and Gardening (approx. one mile away); Oaklands Mansion (approx. one mile away); Forrest’s Murfreesboro Raid (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Murfreesboro.
 
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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. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2009, by Tom Gillard of Tullahoma, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 11,621 times since then and 549 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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