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Twin shrines at geographical center of North America, Orrin, N.D.
Twin shrines at geographical center of North America, Orrin, N.D.
TitleTwin shrines at geographical center of North America, Orrin, N.D.
Date of Original195-?
DescriptionA field stone carin with an American flag flying from the top. In front of it is a shrine with a statue of the Virgin Mary. At the base of the shrine are the words "Mary Center of America". The grounds surrounding the shrine are landscaped and surrounded by trees.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectReligion
Subject (LCTGM)Shrines
Religious articles
LocationOrrin (N.D.)
Pierce County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item Number2000.385.1
Format of OriginalPostcards
Dimensions of Original14 x 9 cm.
Publisher of OriginalArtvue Post Card Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"Twin shrines built by twin brothers Wendlin Bickler & Joseph Buechler 'Mary the Center of America' - located at the geographical center of North America as determined in 1928 by the U.S. Geodetic Survey Office, Washington, D.C. 'Latitude 48 degrees 10 minutes, two miles north of Orrin, North Dakota" - printed on front of postcard.
"Dear Fellow American: Kindly accept this post card in xchange for a scenic chrome (standard size) you judge most representative of your area to be included in a collection to be called SCENIC AMERICA which will be exhibited at the heart land of Continental N.America. Please mail to: Joseph M. Buechler, 443 West 25 Street, New York, NY 1000. The Shrine in on Wedelin's property at Orrin, No. Dak." - typed on back of postcard, postmarked from New York, N.Y. Aug 16, 1969. Addressed to Thomas Krebs, 459 Polk St., Eugene, OR 97402.
NotesTitle supplied by staff.
Photographer unknown.
Biography/History"Mary, Center of America. This shrine was built on land owned by Wendlin Bickler. It is made of native rock and took three years to complete. It was finished in 1954, the Marian year, the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is built on the northern most point of his land, closest to the Geophysical and Geographical center of North America. On the pathway to the shrine, you will pass other smaller shrines, one to the American Indian, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus, and St. Joseph and the Child Jesus. There is a large plaque in memory of Anna Bickler and the Way of the Cross." - Diamond Jubilee 75 years of Orrin, North Dakota 1912-1987, p. 14.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionRonald Olin North Dakota Postcard Collection 2000
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (2000.385.1)
Digital IDrs004118
Original SourcePostcard
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