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COME TO LEBANON, KANSAS
THE GEOGRAPHIC CENTER OF THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES

Lebanon, a small town in North Central Kansas, is the community nearest the geographic center of the continental USA. It is a part of Smith County, founded in 1876. As of 2010, 218 souls called Lebanon home. That population, according to local residents, is now slightly more than 250. A recent census notes 118 households and 60 families. Its peak population was 822 residents a century ago, in 1920.

On October 2, 2006, a New York Times story featured Lebanon, telling the story of rural flight from such communities. Lebanon has been featured in several movies, particularly the series Supernatural.

 

Lebanon’s namesake is a sister city by the same name in Kentucky.

 

It was not until 1918 that a scientific survey determined that the geographic center of the continental USA, the lower 48, was 2.6 miles (4.2 km) to the northwest of the small town. Local residents erected a monument to mark the spot. This is no small thing, for, from this spot, surveyors take their measurements and order the nation, from state and county lines to subdivision plots and the boundaries between our neighbors and us.

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Lebanon, a small town in North Central Kansas, is the community nearest the geographic center of the

continental USA. It is a part of Smith County, founded in 1876. As of 2010, 218 souls called Lebanon

home. That population, according to local residents, is now slightly more than 250. A recent census notes 118 households and 60 families. Its peak population was 822 residents a century ago, in 1920.

On October 2, 2006, a New York Times story featured Lebanon, telling the story of rural flight from such communities. Lebanon has been featured in several movies, particularly the series Supernatural.

 

Lebanon’s namesake is a sister city by the same name in Kentucky.

 

It was not until 1918 that a scientific survey determined that the geographic center of the continental USA, the lower 48, was 2.6 miles (4.2 km) to the northwest of the small town. Local residents erected a monument to mark the spot. This is no small thing, for, from this spot, surveyors take their measurements and order the nation, from state and county lines to subdivision plots and the boundaries between our neighbors and us.

In Belle Fourche, South Dakota, another market denotes the geographic center of the fifty states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Lebanon can be scorching hot in the summer – in the low ‘90s. In the winter, the town averages 22 inches of snow and annually a bit more rain. On average, 205 days are sunny. On February 13, 1905, Lebanon had the lowest temperature ever recorded in the state of Kansas - minus 40 degrees.

 

The small town is 95.9% White, 0.5% Native American and the same number of Asians. Hispanics number 3.2% of the population. The average household is just under two people (1.85), and the average family size is 2.62, with a median age of 51.3 years. Lebanon is 48.2% male and 51.8% female. The median household income is about $23,000. For a family, income is pegged just shy of $29,000. Approximately 13.2% of Lebanon’s families and 22.1% of its total population live below the poverty line. One in three teens or children in the city tastes the impact of poverty, as do one in twenty of the town’s seniors.

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In 2013, a tornado did considerable damage to the town.

For a town its size, Lebanon ends up in the news or the notice of pop culture more than any other little hamlet. In

the TV series House of Cards, the plot brought the character playing the President of the United States to Lebanon for a speech.

 

In the TV series American Gods, Lebanon was the ground on which a contest between old and new gods was fought. That might be prophetic. During the most recent Superbowl, Jeep aired a commercial filmed at the

small park near Lebanon marking the center of the US. In the commercial, Bruce Springsteen lit a candle in the

small chapel on the site, sat down inside, and suggested the place as one where the nation might come together.

He had no idea such plans had been in the making for decades. Lebanon is denoted, in the book American Gods,

as a ‘place of power.’

Very important reminders:

  • There are no hotels or restaurants in Lebanon

  • No Walmart

  • Cell signals are characteristically weak, Don't expect internet

  • Hardy walking shoes are suggested - we will be in what was last year a field or pasture next to the small park.

Do your shopping before you come to the prayer site.

  • Currently, no food is planned at the site

  • Bring water. Stay hydrated.

  • We have invited paramedics to be onsite

  • A sunshade and lawn chair are also recommended, as is sunscreen.

If you are flying, the nearest airports are Omaha, Nebraska to the northeast (3.5 hours), Wichita, KS (3 hours) to the south, and Topeka to the east (3.5 hours). Every person present will be making a sacrifice, and God loves and honors sacrifice.

 

Lebanon is on US 281 North. The Geographic Center of the United States (google it) is at the intersection of 191, Aa Road, and 130 Road. Parking will be somewhat remote, along roadsides, but we are working to provide shuttles to assist in transporting people to and from the prayer site.

 

The Livestream event begins at 2 PM CST and concludes at 8 PM.

 

Bring a flag representing your state or a flag of a nation, and plant it in our garden of the nations as we symbolically prayer walk the nation at the site.

 

While national leaders are being invited to the event and will be honored if they attend, the gathering is not driven by personalities. It is characterized as a gathering of the unknowns, a one-name event – desperate men and women gathering around Jesus to invite him to take a walk across America.

 

Youth and children are invited to the event. Indeed, we must make youth and children a vital part of the event.

We recommend that you organize a group from your church and come together – to pray for the nation, at the heart

of the nation. Pray with others at the heart of the nation, appealing to the heart of God, to save the nation, to

send a great awakening.

The most important reason to come is not for the event, per se, or for a speaker, the program – but to pray!

Join thousands of voices in united, fervent prayer for the nation. That is the great value of the event, the reason

to make the trip. This will be the people’s congress – a national prayer congress of ordinary believer-citizens,

and we will appeal to heaven on behalf of the nation.

  • Travel the backroads

  • Stop along the way. Pray.

  • Pour out oil and wine, salt, and water.

  • Plant 'Appeal to Heaven' flags everywhere along the way

  • pray at monuments - leave a flag

  • Pray at town squares

  • Reach out to those you know along your route and have them join you in prayer.

  • Bless the cities through which you pass.

  • Stop at city/county/state-line signs - pray, plant a flag, pour out the salt and water, the oil, and the wine.

  • Tell those you meet that you are on your way to join thousands more at the center of the nation to consecrate it to God.

  • Collect a proclamation, a written prayer from the governor, mayors, those from a given city who are inviting God to their province. This is a national prayer congress, and we want their voices to be heard at the national altar we establish before God.

  • Leave them a flyer with the information about americasprayermeeting.org and prayerattheheart.com

Pray! Such a trip will be unforgettable. And such an event will never happen again.

You will be a part of a swirl of national prayer activity from coast-to-coast, border-to-border, corner-to-corner, with no state untouched, no boundary unsecured in prayer.

Come to Lebanon - and pray.