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Old 03-28-2018, 05:41 AM
 
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Kansas City, which is the closest sizable city to the geographic center of the continental U.S.
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:54 AM
 
Location: New York City
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I think people are forgetting what central meant in the early 1800s. Kansas and Illinois were not central.

That being said Philadelphia and New York were the capitals, so either of them would have been a good fit. Or somewhere in Central PA, maybe Lancaster?
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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I think people are forgetting what central meant in the early 1800s. Kansas and Illinois were not central.

That being said Philadelphia and New York were the capitals, so either of them would have been a good fit. Or somewhere in Central PA, maybe Lancaster?
Agreed. Central PA could work.

No way on Kansas.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Perhaps Cincinnati. In 1793, the US territories extended as far west as the Mississippi, so Cincy could have been a decent middle ground choice, especially with Ohio river transportation allowing access to the Mississippi towns/emerging cities. It also developed pretty early in the 19th century, so it wouldn't have too many problems developing. It's a bit hillier than some of the other cities, but not enough to really impede its development. The biggest issue though would have been communication, as it was before the railroad and it would take at least a week for mail to reach the East Coast, though it could have given the Pony Express perhaps a longer lifespan.
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Old 03-28-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: The City
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The runner up was just outside of Trenton NJ, above the Delaware river fall line, part of the criteria was unable to access from the see


It went to DC as a gesture and concerns from the south that the larger populated NE would have to much power is located on the NJ/PA border.


There is a still a federal city road exit off of 95 just across the PA/NJ state line in the ~ location (close to what is today Trenton Airport)


Could you image the capital today 20 miles north of Center City Philadelphia and 45 miles south of Manhattan, insane
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Downtown & Brooklyn!
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I think it should have been a city further inland, in the center of the country like St Louis or Kansas City.
DC was centrally located at the time. The entire country originally was just the East coast (minus Florida).
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Mars City
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Somewhere in the middle of the country, like Nebraska. Lincoln?
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Old 03-28-2018, 09:24 AM
 
Location: Terramaria
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Somewhere in the middle of the country, like Lincoln NE.
Nebraska wasn't even US territory until 1803, 10 years after the site was announced.
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Old 03-28-2018, 06:47 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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Baltimore was the US Capital before as well. I guess it was what could have been considered centrally located at the time.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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I think it should have been a city further inland, in the center of the country like St Louis or Kansas City.


The spot were Washington DC is located WAS the center of the country when the District of Columbia was established in 1790!

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