Geographic Center of the U.S., Lebanon, Kansas Apparently, Toto, we are in Kansas. That is, if you are searching for the geographic center of the continental United States, which was calculated to be just outside this northern Kansan town, located off U.S. Highway 281.
The Chief Drive-In Theatre was opened in 1953 and to distinguish itself from the adjacent Corral Drive-In, installed a bright neon tube and porcelain sign. The highly visible Topeka Landmark sign served the Drive-In for 30 years before the theater closed in 1982. When a new shopping center was being built in 1995 on a nearby property, the sign was saved, moved and restored by Wal-Mart. The sign is a visual reminder of how creative and colorful outdoor advertising and signage once was.