Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.

Fremont: Center of the Universe in Seattle

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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.”

Solstice parade sign in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.
Chamber of Commerce History sign in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

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?

Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.

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.

Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.

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.

Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.
Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.
Guidepost in Fremont - the Center of the Universe - in Seattle, Washington.

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


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Seattle, Washington’s Fremont neighborhood is known at “The Center of the Universe.” A guidepost points in the direction of famous landmarks, near and far. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a Washington road trip or Seattle vacation and add Fremont as a place to visit in Seattle on your travel bucket lists and itineraries.
Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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