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Space sculpture in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Space Sculpture in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Across the street from the infamous Lenin statue in the Fremont neighborhood is Seattle, Washington is another roadside attraction. A 3D Space sculpture representing the cosmos. Since Fremont is known as the Center of the Universe it is only fitting to have an art piece devoted to, well, the universe! The artwork features a mixed-media sidewalk mural of the galaxies...

The Fremont Rocket, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Rocket in Seattle, Washington

Back in 1991 when the center of the universe was discovered, it was decided that Fremont (a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington and, indeed, the center of the universe) needed a monument that would capture their new status in the world. Many ideas were passed around as to what that monument should be, But, when a circa 1950 cold war rocket fuselage attached to a...

The Fremont Troll, a roadside attraction in Seattle, Washington.

The Fremont Troll in Seattle, Washington

We all know the fairy tale story. Once upon a time three goats try to cross a bridge in search of more food. Each goat encounters a giant bridge troll who refuses to let him pass but is tricked into letting them go as each tells him of his bigger, older brother to come. Most know this as just a story, a fairy tale, a tall tale legend told throughout the years that...

Fremont High Dive sign in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Fremont High Dive Sign in Seattle, Washington.

Fremont High Dive sign depicting a diver outside of a concert venue and bar in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. If you’re in the area and love neon signs, be sure to also check out the Fremont Ballroom sign. Site: High Dive Seattle Location: 513 N 36th, Seattle, WA 98103 Cost: May charge cover. Hours: Open Daily 4pm-2am Note:: High Dive is a 21...

Fremont Ballroom sign showing dancers outside of a restaurant and bar in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

Fremont Ballroom Sign in Seattle, Washington

This neon Fremont Ballroom sign shows dancers embracing and twirling about outside of a restaurant and bar in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Fremont is known as the “center of the universe” and features many roadside attractions like the giant troll sculpture, a giant Lenin statue, Bridgetender Rapunzel in Neon, the Apatosaurus Dinosaur...

Late for the Interurban, a statue of J.P. Patches and his girlfriend Gertrude in the Fremont area of Seattle, Washington.

Late for the Interurban statue in Seattle, Washington

While those Waiting for the Interurban may be tired of holding out, there are a couple of others down the block who just might be glad that that street car has yet to come. These clowns are Late for the Interurban. In 2008 another statue was erected just down the block from the Waiting for the Interurban statue. The J.P. Patches Statue, also dubbed “Late for...

Waiting for the Interurban, a roadside attraction in the Fremont area of Seattle, Washington, that locals dress up for different occasions.

Waiting for the Interurban in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

I always seem to be waiting for the bus. Recent cuts to Chicago service mean I have to wait a little longer for the number nine between Lakeview and Wicker Park. A break down on the El meant I was late to work the other day when all the trains had to share one track, slowing service tremendously. And, inevitably, on the coldest day of the year, I will miss the brown...

Deluxe Junk Fry Guy - Giant cone of french fries eating a french fry outside of Deluxe Junk in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Fry Guy at Deluxe Junk in Seattle, Washington (GONE)

Deluxe Junk was a staple of vintage shopping in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Inside, you could browse for second-hand furniture, clothes and other bobbles… and, outside, you could browse outside for a giant, somewhat cannibalistic, cone of french fries! Unfortunately, the store closed down sometime around 2012 and the giant Fry Guy is no...

Giant statue of Vladimir Lenin, a roadside attraction in Fremont, Seattle, Washington.

Statue of Lenin in Fremont, Seattle, Washington

Not many American towns would play home to, let alone boast, a giant bronze sculpture of a Bolshevik dictator. But I guess the Fremont area of Seattle isn’t like most American towns (it is the center of the universe after all). And so, obviously, you can find a giant statue of Lenin hanging out in front of a taco chain. Because, of course. Standing tall on a...

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

Fremont: Center of the Universe in Seattle

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...