Felicity, California: Official Center of the World
Jacques-Andre Istel, mayor of Felicity, discovered the Center of the World near the California-Arizona border. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
The newest section of Jacques-Andre Istel's History in Granite tells the story of the United States in etched granite panels. It was officially dedicated on Feb. 22, 2014. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [02/28/2014]
Center of the World: Our visit to the Center of the World triggers a special Proclamation by Mayor Istel, assisted by his wife Felicia. Watch Video.
Visitor Tips and News About Official Center of the World
This location is all based off of some children's book. This is 100% a weird/strange place to stop; if it weren't for all this granite and church this would just be another desert ghost town. Worth the stop if you're not afraid of the potential of an alien abduction.[Bro&Bettie, 05/15/2011]
The Center of the World Pyramid and Stairs from the Eiffel Tower are clearly visibile from I-8. A bargain $1.50 tour fee gets you inside the Pyramid -- provided it is the time of year when the town is open and accepting visitors (visitors are always welcome, you just can't get inside the pyramid without being escorted by a townsperson). After viewing a five minute videotape on the origins of Felicity and the meaning of the Wall of Ages, my little group was escorted into the pyramid, where we were instructed to place a foot over the dot in the center of the pyramid marking the Center of the World and make a wish while looking towards the Chocolate Mountains.
Two parts of the Wall for the Ages are being constructed more or less at the same time. Each slab of the wall is 2 inches thick, made of marble, and weighs over 400 lbs. Anyone can pay for a section of wall and have whatever they want carved into the marble, but only if it is "noble in nature." The base for each wall section contains something like 3000 lbs of concrete.
The Michaelangelo Arm/Sundial points towards the future Chapel on the Hill. Groundbreaking for the hill started 3/11/2001.
The gift shop is well stocked and contains some nice Felicity Pyramid postcards. Since Felicity has it's own post office, you can postmark your cards from Felicity, CA.[Greg Brown, 04/14/2001]