How are we supposed to know that this little green patch at 35th N and Fremont Ave N is center of the universe without our historic sign?
How are we supposed to know that this little green patch is the center of the universe without our historic sign? Michael Bell

Last night my wife alerted me to a distressing Nextdoor post from someone who claimed to have witnessed the "Center of the Universe" sign being stolen at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, from the intersection of N 35th and Fremont Ave N. Today, the news was confirmed and I decided to make the trek down to see for myself. Holy shit, I thought, as I approached the intersection, it's actually fucking gone! What kind of sick person would steal such a treasured piece of Fremont?

From the Fremont Chamber of Commerce website:

In 1991, after a careful and considered study of these effects, Fremont Scientists, determined the Center of the Universe to be at the intersection of N Fremont Ave and 35th St N – with the reasoning that this local can neither be proven, nor disproven!

The sign was proclaimed official in 1994 by the Metropolitan King County Council, and this tidbit at the beginning of the proclamation is amazing (I highly recommend reading the whole proclamation on the Fremont Chamber of Commerce website).

Whereas, the Fearsome and Frolicsome Fiefdom of Fremont hath a long and lustrous history of community activism, having transformed itself into a thriving business, arts, and urban living community, within the Greater Pugetopolitan area...

The theft of this sign is a local atrocity. If you know who did it, or happen to end up at a house party and see the sign decorating their stinky chateau–really if you have any information about the heist at all, please contact the Fremont Arts Council at 206-547-7440, and then contact me. Let's find that sign!