Rugby, North Dakota
(population 3,000) is roughly the geographic center of North America
, if you calculate the center and don't count parts of Central America
below the Panama Canal
This geographic curiosity is commemorated with a 15' high pile of rocks
located in the parking lot of a donut shop just off of Highway 2
. Now many assume this rock pile represents the actual geographic center. Strictly speaking, the real, real geographic center (determined by a 1931 US Geological Survey
) is a few miles south west of Rugby, but it's the closest Podunk
town to said location.
Few passing tourists who stop in Rugby to get gas -- no doubt en route to better destinations like Minneapolis
or destinations not necessarily better unless making your US buck go further means a lot to you like Saskatchewan
-- even realize that the marker of the titular
center used to be located a few yards north but had to be moved when Highway 2 was widened.