Museum of History in Granite - Felicity California
Mar 28, 2013
|The Sundial at Felicity
The gnomon of the 15 ft (4.6 m) Sundial at Felicity is a three-dimensional bronze of Michelangelo's Arm of God painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The arm was sculpted and cast in bronze in New England. The rock is local but the installation required the assistance of a mining engineer and a special drill. The bronze Roman numerals give the time. A sundial is precisely accurate once a year and this was set at noon on Christmas Day. The arm points to the Hill of Prayer, site of the Church on the Hill at Felicity. The Hill of Prayer was built in January 2002 by moving 150,000 tons of earth. The church, which is a replica of a church in Paris, will remain the highest point in the town of Felicity now and in the future.
Pyramid housing the Center of the World
The Official Center of the World is the dot on the bronze plaque within the pyramid. The center of the world, or universe, can be anywhere. It was set by law, based upon a popular book for children (written by Jacques) - who argues with a fairy tale? or states that Red Riding Hood wore a blue dress? Jacque (Mayor and owner of Felicity) wrote "COE the Good Dragon at the Center of the World," led to the 1985 law setting The Official Center of the World at the precise point inside the pyramid at Felicity, California. The French edition was described by famed critic Professor Claude Tannery as "The American Babar." In 1989, the law was recognized by the Institut Geographique National of the Government of France. Note: The pyramid was suggested in jest by the Jacques wife Felicita as he wrote the book. "It's in the desert, why not a pyramid?" As men are wont to do, he took his wife seriously . Jacques built the pyramid, named the town for his wife, and thereafter ran for Mayor. All in keeping with any gentleman's concept of a well-ordered universe.
Sculpture at entrance
The 25 ft (7.6 m) high section number 12 of the original stairway of the Eiffel Tower is the entrance sculpture at Felicity. In 1983, the government of France removed approximately 500 ft (150 m) of the original stairway. Built with the technology of the 1860s, the weight of approximately 54,000 lb (24,000 kg) was causing sway at the top of the then 94 year old tower. Twenty sections were sold at auction on the tower on 1 December 1983. Most are in museums and a few in private hands. Section 12 was bought at auction in June 1989 at the Chateau de Cheverny. The installation of the 6,600 lb (3,000 kg) section required engineering and a building permit. It serves a purpose to the Owner who lived in Paris and was was a Parachutist (he is responsible for the start of the sport parachuting in the USA) - he wanted a little piece of home here in the desert. he bought it through an auction.
Entrance to Center of the World Plaza
The Felicity Post Office was dedicated on 5 December 1987 at a time when thousands of small post offices were being eliminated as an economy measure. The town, whose population numbered two, saw over 2,300 letters mailed that day. The dedication ceremony was highlighted by a speech in Chinese by Consul Zhou of the People’s Republic of China who traveled 600 miles (970 km) for the occasion. It is operated by the town at a cost to the federal government of one dollar per year. Twenty uncashed one dollar checks are on file.
Museum of History in Granite
A unique attraction of the town of Felicity is the Museum of History in Granite. The museum exhibits granite monuments made from Missouri Red Granite. Each wall is a one hundred foot wedge shaped wall. Subjects include a Korean War Memorial, Quest for the Sky - The History of French Aviation (Recipient of the Air and Space Medal in Europe in 2003), The History of the French Foreign Legion, The History of Arizona, The Wall of Ages and numerous smaller walls.