Felicity, California: Center of the World

Center of the World

So it was time to check out the Center of the World. Yes, I said that right. There is an official Center of the World. So I was driving there and when I got off the highway the first thing I see is the road sign. Center of the World. So I knew I was getting close.

So not far off the highway, I got to the entrance. It is a very easy place to spot once you’re off the highway.

Entrance to the Center of the World

So I pulled into the parking lot and with it being a pretty hot day on June 24th, 2017 I think the temperature was about 116. Glad I like it Hot. But I parked and the first thing I saw was the sign of an areal photo of the Center of the World.

Areal Sign of the Center of the World

Attractions:

The Staircase

So before I went to the Center of the World I read there was a lot to see here. And while standing in the parking lot I looked around and saw the stairs. I saw the stairs when I first drove in and had to go check them out. It was so cool that they had the original stairs from the Eiffel Tower. So the stairs are the original stairs from the Eiffel Tower but the original stairs were too heavy because they were made of iron and made the tower sway. So five hundred feet of the stairs were removed and replaced with a lighter staircase. The section that they have is number 12 of 20 from the original staircase.

So in 1989, the mayor of Felicity purchased the staircase as a reminder of his native city. They installed the staircase in Felicity next to the center of the world in 1990.

Section 12 of the Staircase of the Eiffel Tower

Sign Section 12 of the Staircase of the Eiffel Tower

Center of the World

So it was time to head to the center of the world. I walked toward the pyramid because that is where I knew the center of the world was. There is an official Center of the World sign inside. Now the day I was visiting it was super hot and no one was there.  But I thought it was supposed to be open from 10 – 5pm daily.  But that day I wasn’t the lucky one.  No one was working.  Later on, I read that they are only open certain times of the year.  See below for their times.  So I didn’t get to see inside the pyramid.  So I didn’t get to take the tour or to go inside.  But that doesn’t mean I won’t be back.  There really is so much to see you could go back many times.

Pyramid that is the Center of the World

The Granite Museum

So looking from the pyramid to the church there are blocks of granite and there are carvings in the granite.  It represents different parts of history.

This is where you really could spend hours and hours if you wanted to.  There was so much information to be able to read.  With it being kind of hot and knowing that I was going to be coming back again some day because I wanted to be able to see the inside of the pyramid I only looked around for maybe 30-40 minutes around the granite structures.

Granite museum at the Center of the World. History of the United States of America.

Granite museum at the Center of the World. History of California.

Granite museum at the Center of the World. California Republic Flag

The Sundial

There was something wrong with the Sundial the day I was there. It was covered up with wood pallets so I didn’t get to see it working with the sun that day. But I know I will be back to the Center of the World.  So I will someday see it.

Sundial at Center of the World.

The Sign at the Sundial at Center of the World.

The half-scale replica of the Liberty Bell

There is a replica of the Liberty Bell. It weighs 250 pounds. On February 22, 2014 the bell was first rung by representatives of the Thirteen Original Colonies.

replica of the Liberty Bell at the Center of the World.

The Sign replica of the Liberty Bell at the Center of the World.

The Church on the Hill

The Church at the top of the hill really stands out when you are at the Center of the World. It is the highest point and there is no missing it. I walked to the top to see if the door would be unlocked and I would be able to look inside. But that isn’t how it worked out. But I did get to walk around the church and the view from the top of the hill to be able to see all of the Center of the Worlds ground and see really how much there is to see there. Worth going to the top even if I didn’t get to go inside the Church.

Looking up at the Church on the top of the hill at Center of the world.

Church on the top of the hill at Center of the world.

The Sign from Church on the top of the hill at Center of the world.

View from Church on the top of the hill at Center of the world.

The View from Church on the top of the hill at Center of the world.

The Felicity Stone which they call “Rosetta Stone” of our Era

This structure was created in 2009 and is designed to assist visitors in the future to deciphering our present languages.  It is located in the center of the 8 Granite Monuments of the History of Humanity.

The Rosetta Stone at the Center of the World.

 

Details:

Website: http://www.historyingranite.org/

Info from their website about hours http://www.parafame.org/tours_of_the_museum.htm

TOURS OF THE MUSEUM

From 1 April to Thanksgiving:

Walk around the monuments on your own.
Entrance fee (posted) is on the Honor System with cash box at the entrance.

From Thanksgiving through 31 March:

Tours are available, The Museum Store is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm

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