At the time of the settlement of Smith County there was a chain of "land boomers"along the Soloman River who were steering emigrants to the southern part of Smith County; they were claiming the northern part of the county was too rough to get into with teams and wagons and that the water supply was inadequate. Word got to the Smith Center townsite and from then on the emigrants were intercepted and routed north.
The great snow of April 13, 1873 was the most severe that ever swept the country. It lasted three days. No one ventured out. People were holed up in dug outs which were buried under huge drifts. Much livestock smothered.
The three day grasshopper invasion on July 23, 1874, was disatrous, with them eating everything green. The story is told that the hoppers ate onion tops then went below the ground and ate the onions. Even pastures were eaten to the ground.
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This is the Center of the U.S.A. original 48 states, as determined by the government geodetic survey in 1898. It is the crossroads of the nation, proper, on US-281 highway. The marker made of stone with a flag pole built in Center park, a place for the public to stop, relax and picnic.Lebanon, KS Landmarks