Washington

Fremont: The Center of the Universe

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 subsection of Seattle, Washington, is unlike anywhere you’ve ever been.

Solstice parade sign in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

A mecca for any Silly American traveler, Fremont is covered from corner to corner with roadside attractions, weird statues, and pure wonderment. Its unofficial slogan says it all: De Libertas Quirkas — “free to be peculiar.”

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

Locals believe that their little neighborhood is truly at the center of the universe, and who am I to argue?

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Guidepost in Fremont, 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, Seattle, Washington.

The Guidepost will help you find the local troll or rocket or Lenin statue. It will also help you find more exotic destinations: the North Pole, Rio De Janeiro, Xanadu, Machu Picchu. Or, if you just stay put, you might just find your place at the center of the world.

Guidepost in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Guidepost in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Guidepost in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Site: The Guidepost
Location: Intersection of N 35th Street, N 36th Street, and Fremont Avenue N, Fremont, Seattle, Washington
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: June 29, 2009

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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 to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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