Felicity, California: Official Center of the World

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1 Center of the World Dr., Felicity, CA
Take the I-8 Sidewinder exit 164. North side, follow signs for Felicity.
Daily from Dec-Mar. Honor fee Apr.-Nov. while unstaffed. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$3/person, $2 addtl. for tour and certificate.
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Official Center of the World.

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...

History in Granite.

History in Granite
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.

Felicity, California - Center of the World: Be It Further Resolved
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.

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Granite Museum (Center of the World)

Probably one of the most underrated spots I've been to in my travels around the US. Located near I-8 and a CHP station, this Granite Museum has a lot to offer. It has indoor museums and a huge outdoors museum telling the history of just about everything I could see. I talked to the owner, and gave her a donation of $5 to tour just about anything I wanted. The work that went into the structures and granite pieces are of superb condition and quality. They even have a 1/3 replica of the Liberty Bell (it looked more like 1/10th the actual size). Absolutely worth the stop, and schedule lots of time if you're a history buff. Plus, there's wildlife that roams the grounds. I spotted a little albino Gila monster.

[Jason Linemann, 07/05/2020]

History of Humanity memorial wall.

History in Granite

We trust you stay well. The attached panel from the granite "History of Humanity" is pertinent during this pandemic.

"During epic disasters, one learns, there is more to admire in human nature than to despise." -- Albert Camus

All the best.

[Jacques Istel, 04/22/2020]

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