Call it “The People’s Republic of Fremont.” Call it “The Artists’ Republic of Fremont.” Call it the “center of the universe.” Whichever you choose, Fremont, a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. A mecca for any Silly American traveler: with a Solstice Parade, quirky roadside attractions cover the neighborhood from corner to corner, weird statues abound, and there’s a general vibe of pure wonderment. There’s the Fremont Troll, a neon Rapunzel, a giant statue of Lenin: the list of roadside attractions in Fremont goes on and on. It’s no wonder the area’s unofficial slogan is De Libertas Quirkas — “free to be peculiar.”
Locals believe that their little neighborhood full of weird Seattle attractions is truly at the center of the universe, and who am I to argue?
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On a small median in the middle of a street, where North 35th Street meets North 36th Street meets Fremont Avenue North, where it is believed to be the true center point of the entire world, there is a tall wooden guidepost that will point you in the direction of almost anywhere you want to go, whether near or far.
The Fremont Center of the Universe Sign is a Seattle roadside attraction that will help you find the local troll or rocket or Lenin statue. It will also help you find more exotic destinations like the North Pole, Rio De Janeiro, Xanadu, and Machu Picchu. Use it to find your way or, if you just stay put, you might just find your place at the center of the world.
The Guidepost: Fremont Center of the Universe Sign
Location: Intersection of N 35th Street and Fremont Avenue N, Fremont, Seattle, Washington
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: June 29, 2009