In the foreground is a Missouri red granite pedestal containing a stainless steel disc marking Plato, Mo. as the 2010 center of the United States population. L to R: Michael Ratcliffe, Chief Geographer, U.S. Census Bureau; Joe Gillman, Geology and Land Survey Division Director and state geologist, MoDNR, Sara Parker Pauley, Director MoDNR; Dr. Robert Groves, U.S. Census Bureau Director; Juliana Blackwell, National Geodetic Survey Director (NOAA); Rick Reese, Geology and Land Survey Division, Land Survey Program, MoDNR; and Darrell Pratte, Geology and Land Survey Division, Land Survey Program Director and state land surveyor, MoDNR.
2010 Center of Population again in Missouri
Community leaders, state and federal officials, citizens and 600 students from the Plato School District joined U.S. Census Bureau Director Robert M. Groves Monday, May 10, 2011 in unveiling a Missouri red granite pedestal containing a stainless steel disc marking Plato as the 2010 center of the United States population.
The small Texas County village was congratulated by Missouri Department of Natural Resources Director Sara Parker Pauley who represented Gov. Jay Nixon, at the ceremony who read the governor’s proclamation. After reading the proclamation, Sara presented Bob Biram, Plato village board chairman, the framed proclamation.
The actual, geographic location is about three miles east of Plato on a privately owned farm. The pedestal and disc were placed inside the village of Plato so people can visit it. Located south of Ft. Leonard Wood Army base, the 2010 Census population of Plato is 109, which is an increase of 35 people from 2000. Plato is the fourth Missouri community to receive the honor.
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