Geographic Center of Utah
N 39° 23.200 W 111° 41.100
12S E 441008 N 4359910
Quick Description: Stone piller and plaque marking the geographic center of Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 2/8/2011 7:35:19 PM
Waymark Code: WMAPTT
Exactly where is the center of Utah?
Local lore says that the town of Levan is the word "navel" spelled backwards, and it's in the middle of the state. That's only one of many legends about the center of the state, but now there is a place that actually looks pretty official.
This marker was the Eagle Scout project of Jesse Richmond, who is from Mt. Pleasant, in Central Utah. He decided to settle once and for all the question of exactly where the center of Utah is located.
He contacted USGS about it, and they gave him these coordinates over the phone. He made the trip out here with a GPS. When he found the location he marked it with rocks.
He learned it's difficult to find a geographic center of a state when you factor in the state's boundaries, the curve of the earth and the center of gravity of the state. There are as many ways to find the center of the state as there are definitions of the word, so there could be other centers of Utah, but this is the geographical center
Richmond worked to get donations for the marker, and with help from his troop, installed it. He believes the area represents the geography of Utah. "It is kind of dry and rocky, but there is still a lot of life around here, there are a lot of deer and lizards," he says.
Today a stone marker answers the question of exactly where the Center of Utah is.
You can drive to the trailhead, which is located at: N 39 23.050 W 111 41.010. the marker is a short walk from there.
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