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