Special Report

The Highest Point in Every State

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16. Kansas
> Highest peak: Mount Sunflower
> Elevation: 4,039 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.0° N, 102.0° W

The state of Kansas is scientifically flatter than a pancake, so its highest point is barely distinguishable from the rest of the state. The name Mount Sunflower is tongue in cheek. The owners of the land, apparently in on the joke, put a plaque at Kansas’ highest point reading “Nothing happened here in 1897.”

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17. Kentucky
> Highest peak: Black Mountain
> Elevation: 4,145 ft.
> Coordinates: 36.9° N, 82.9° W

Black Mountain has been a huge source of coal in Kentucky for decades. The mining has left the mountain in such precarious shape that would-be climbers must sign a waiver before summiting.

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18. Louisiana
> Highest peak: Driskill Mountain
> Elevation: 535 ft.
> Coordinates: 32.4° N, 92.9° W

Louisiana sits partially below sea level and its highest point doesn’t rise too much higher than that. Driskill Mountain, located in the northern part of the state, is just 535 feet above sea level.

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19. Maine
> Highest peak: Mount Katahdin
> Elevation: 5,268 ft.
> Coordinates: 45.9° N, 68.9° W

Mount Katahdin derives its name from the Penobscot tribe. In the Penobscot language, “Katahdin” roughly translates to “greatest mountain.” The mountain is the northernmost point on the Appalachian Trail.

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20. Maryland
> Highest peak: Hoye Crest
> Elevation: 3,360 ft.
> Coordinates: 39.2° N, 79.5° W

Backbone Mountain, along with other parts of the Allegheny Mountains, make up part of the Eastern Continental Divide. The mountains help to naturally sort the water into the Chesapeake Bay before the water finally flows into the Gulf of Mexico.