Here in Murfreesboro there is a spot about three miles from my home that is the exact center of Tennessee; both north-south and east-west. This spot is about half a mile from Middle Tennessee State University on Old Lascassas Pike. A stone moment called an obelisk was placed there during the time of we were celebrating the United States’ 200th anniversary.
It’s a small place, not really big enough to call a park. There are three parking spaces long enough for a bus to fit into, the monument, a bench, a pine tree, roses and an iron fence along with the stone moment. That’s it. Oh and it is free and open to the public 24/7.
The Geographic Center of Tennessee
View from the parking lot.
View from underneath the pine tree behind the monument
A close-up of the plaque. It’s been defaced by some pitiful soul with nothing better to do. There should only be a star marking where Murfreesboro is located.
I love flowers, so of course I have to include a photo of the roses.
- Closer look
The Davis Market aka The Center of the Universe
The Davis Market, located at 1156 East Main St. at the corner of East Main St. and Middle Tennessee Blvd. in Murfreesboro, Tennessee is The Center of the Universe. As a student at Middle Tennessee State University in the early 1990s, I was introduced to this rumor aka fact. I also was told that if you step on the parking lot of the Davis Market you would never, ever leave Murfreesboro.
I don’t believe this rumor, but I cannot deny that I walked through the parking lost 20 years ago and I’m still living and working in Murfreesboro.
A local paper called The Murfreesboro Post has a really good article about the store written by Erin Edgemon, visit http://www.murfreesboropost.com/beware-the-curse-of-davis-market-cms-24266
Davis Market, parking lot view from East Main St. side
Davis Market, view from Middle Tennessee Blvd