So I'm in my hotel in Nebraska the night before, looking at my road atlas to make sure I understand the highways I'll need to take to get to the twineball, and I see this little red mark on the map labelled "Geographic Center of the 48 Contiguous States." And it's literally right on my way to the twine, so I figure why not stop?
And so I did.
One little oddity of visiting this place is that you get to drive the ENTIRE length of a highway. Kansas highway 191 starts at the intersection with highway 281, and ends a mile later at the Geographic Center of the US. But your friends don't know that it's only a mile, see, so you can be all, "Yeah, I drove all the way down the length of ol' 191 from east to west, THEN BACK AGAIN," and then they'll all think you're a total badass.
Anyhoo, here's what you'll see when you get to the end of 191. At first glance it may seem like there's not much to see here...
Then there are not one, not two, but three different signposts denoting this as the geographic center of the nation. There's the wooden sign shown up top in the first photo of the post, which has clearly been here a while. Then there's this newer-looking sign made of stone slabs.
And then there's this plaque on the base of the flagpole. The plaque is from 1940, which is before Alaska and Hawaii were states, so it didn't have to qualify itself with all that "contiguous" business.