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Located in Pierce County, Rugby was named for Rugby England by railroad executives hoping to temp English settlers. The town is best known for being the geographic center of North America. With summer concerts and agriculture celebrations, this small town has much to offer.


Named initially Rugby Junction, the town was born in 1886 at a junction on the Great Northern Railway. Called Rugby Junction after the famous railroad junction in Rugby, England, railroad executives hoped to attract settlers with the english name. Junction was removed from the name after the community became a city. Early settlers were farmers and were more sophisticated in their methods than other areas of the United States. The advanced farming methods and machinery sucj as threshing machines can be found on display at the Pioneer Village in Rugby.

Points of Interest

The Victorian Dress Museum, originally a church, is home to twenty three prise winning VIctorian style reproduction dresses with accessories. In 1931, Pierce County was deemed to be the "Geographical Center of North America, and is marked with a monument 21 feet high here in Rugby. Quoting from the survey, "This triangulation station is the base point of origin of geodetic positions and directions in the triangulation net of the United States because it is at the junction of the main east-west transcontinental triangulation arc stretching from the Atlantic to the pacific Coast and the main north-south arc, which follows approximately the 98th meridian from the Canadian border to the Rio Grande".

The Nothern Lights Tower is an illuminates steel structure rising almost 90 feet. It is coated with multi-colored shades of metalic paint and devoted to the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Plains most spectacular lightshow ever and a natural phenomena.

Local Schools
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Nearby Attractions
  • Niewoehner Bell Tower
  • Pierce County Fairgrounds
  • Dale & Martha Hawk Museum
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