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United States : Missouri

1.7 miles (2.7 km) NNE of Van Buren, Carter, MO, USA
Approx. altitude: 185 m (606 ft)
([?] maps: Google MapQuest Multimap topo aerial world confnav)
Antipode: 37°S 89°E

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#2: All Zeros On The GPS #3: View east #4: View west #5: View south #6: Joe and Jason

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  37°N 91°W  

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(visited by Joe Twellman and Jason Gannon)

22-Mar-2001 -- As a school project, my friend Jason and I set off from DeSoto High School around 7:15 on Thursday morning. We had our atlas, GPS system, a pair of digital cameras, and Jason's cell phone.

Jason drove as I rode shotgun with the navigational duties. We stayed on the main highway for the majority of the trip down, until I saw what I thought was a shortcut. We got about five miles down the county highway when the pavement ended, continued on by a gravel road. Of course we both thought we were lost, and figured we would eventually have to turn around. I guess our sense of adventure took over, and we decided to see where the gravel road led.

Now backroads in southern Missouri don't always have the proper road signs, like the ones warning drivers of big dips ahead in the road. Jason was traveling a little over the unposted speed limit, and we hit a deep dip in the road that made us both hit our heads on the ceiling of his truck. We got out, and luckily found no major damage, other than that of our sore heads.

The gravel road continued on for a couple miles, and eventually went back to pavement. We continued south towards Van Buren, and upon our arrival in town we looked for the nearest store; it had begun to sprinkle so we were looking for adequate rain gear. We each bought a small umbrella, and followed our road map of the town to as close as we could drive to the site. The actual hike to the confluence was only half a mile or so from the truck. It took some time for the GPS to steady so we could get all zeros on the dial. Once we had accomplished our mission, Mother Nature told us it was time to go and the rain came pouring down. We hiked back to the truck, a little wet and cold, but no worse for the wear.

We had gotten a little hungry from our hike, so on the trip back north we stopped at a little deli/grill in Ellington, Missouri called the Ozark Grille. If you are ever in Ellington, I strongly suggest stopping there for freshly squeezed lemonade. And say "hello" to Alice for me.

Note from Jason: With the new 2000 census the population center of the United States lies on 37N 91W.


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#6: Joe and Jason
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