Why did I go to Plato, MO you ask…? Why, it is the current (Mean) Center of Population for the United States, as determined by the 2010 Census – of course! The site moves every 10 years, having started in Maryland in 1790, moved pretty much due west to southern Indiana in 1940, then shifting southwest to it’s current location. As the population builds on the west coast, and as more people get air conditioning and move south (seriously!), the center drifts and drifts. In 2000 it was near Cuba, MO. The actual GPS coordinates put this site a little east and north of town (in or near Rock Creek). This marker was in downtown Plato (pop. 109) between the high school (Go Eagles!!) and the Post Office (zip code 65552).
This “Mean” Center is determined kind of like balancing a cookie sheet with an equal unit of weight for each person in their particular location at a particular point in time. This differs from the “Median” Center of Population, currently in Indiana, which has an equal number of people above and below, and left and right of that point. I’ll have to ponder this while I drive as to why they aren’t in the same place (perhaps the reason is obvious…).
I might as well start right off in the gutter. This sign was above the urinal in the Men’s room of an aviation-themed restaurant in Hermann. After driving up to St. Louis on Day Two I took the scenic route west of town through wine country, ending up in Hermann (which is a very nice town, by the way). I stopped for lunch at a little place called “Wings-A-Blazin” and when nature called my first trip post was born. Aren’t y’all glad I started a blog…
Day One was uneventful (for me, anyway). A pickup truck ran off the highway on my side of the road in a heavy downpour but there were already people out of their cars calling for help and the driver appeared to be OK so I didn’t need to don my “Safety Sam” outfit. Later there was a HUGE backup on I-40 going the other way so I just kept on moving along. Stayed in a nice Airbnb in Nashville in a historic district not far from downtown.
This is the view from my porch.
Photos and stories of my journey across the US and Canada
Welcome to my blog. Here I will share photos of my trips throughout the United States and Canada. For details on my intent for this project please click “About” in the upper right hand corner. If you have comments or requests please feel free to contact me by clicking on “Contact” in the upper right hand corner.
The photo above is of the lighthouse in the town of La Martre on the Gaspé Peninsula in Québec province, Canada which I took on August 14, 2019 as I drove between Gaspé and Rivière-du-Loup.
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