The McFarthest spot

by on September 27, 2009 at 8:07 am in Data Source | Permalink

Strange Maps reports:

Somewhere in South Dakota is the McFarthest Spot, the place in
the US geographically most removed from the nearest McD’s…If you
started out from this location, a few miles north of State Highway 20
(which runs latitudinally between Highways 73 in the west and 65 in the
east), you’d have to drive 145 miles to get your Big Mac (if you could
fly, however, it’d be only 107 miles).

They have a good map to go with it; I believe, by the way, that he means the continental U.S. and thus he is excluding Alaska.  I would have expected the Nevada desert to win out.

1 Jody September 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

Contiguous US. Alaska is on the continent.

2 Highgamma September 27, 2009 at 11:23 am

My recollection that the farthest spot from an interstate highway is in Wyoming. Nevada is just not remote.

3 JohnW September 27, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Most of the land in Nevada is government owned. If there were a remote McFar spot in Nevada, you probably would not legally be able to visit it.

4 Sean P. September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm

Incidentally, many towns in Alaska are much closer to a Subway than they are to a McDonald’s. That would also be an interesting map to see.

5 Bob Knaus September 27, 2009 at 7:58 pm

The reason many towns in Alaska are closer to a Subway than a McDonalds is because there are a lot more of them. The pattern applieas elsewhere in the USA. There are 20,000 Subways versus 13,000 McDonalds.

Subway is a cheaper franchise to open. I’m not sure if that’s the whole reason they are more popular, but it must have something to do with it.

Strange that we pick the fast food outlet with fewer locations to be our symbol of American fast food excess.

6 UserGoogol September 28, 2009 at 4:59 am

Nevada comes close to the title; it looks to me that if you closed down a single McDonald’s in Ely Nevada, the McFarthest spot would swing around to those parts by a pretty far margin.

Although I’m just eyeballing the graph and comparing it with the Google Maps results for “McDonald’s” so I might be making a mistake.

7 nelsonal September 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

I wonder what the same map would look like for Starbuck’s.

8 Brian September 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

if you closed down a single McDonald’s in Ely Nevada

And since the mine closed down about ten years ago, that McD´s is surviving on the economy of nothing but the state prison in East Ely.

9 cheap bon jovi tickets July 26, 2010 at 8:45 am

Except for Denver, Phoenix, and Salt Lake City, the only McDonald’s appear to be on interstates.

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