Felicity, California

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Felicity is located in California
Location in California
Felicity is located in the United States
Felicity (the United States)
Coordinates: 32°45′01″N 114°45′55″W / 32.75028°N 114.76528°W / 32.75028; -114.76528Coordinates: 32°45′01″N 114°45′55″W / 32.75028°N 114.76528°W / 32.75028; -114.76528
CountryUnited States
CountyImperial County
Elevation285 ft (87 m)

Felicity is an unincorporated community in Imperial County, California.[1][2] The town was established in 1986 by Jacques-Andre Istel. Istel first bought the land in the 1950s and later developed it in the 1980s after selling off his parachute business. The town is "Dedicated to Remembrance" and named for Istel's wife Felicia.[3] It is 2,600 acres and lies at an elevation of 285 feet (87 m).[1]

It is accessible from Interstate 8 in the far southeast of the state, just west of Yuma, Arizona.[4]

The Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation is located nearby. During World War II, the town was the site of Camp Pilot Knob, the US Army's training center.[5]

The town's key features are a 21-foot-tall stone-and-glass pyramid, a church on a man-made hill, and the Museum of History in Granite, which Istel has been developing since the town's founding. The museum consists of dozens of granite panels, most of them over 100 feet long and weighing approximately 500 pounds. Etched on the panels is a historical record of humanity as chronicled by Istel. The lead artist on the project is Gene Britton.[3]

In May 1985, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors designated Felicity as the Official Center of the World.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b c U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Felicity, California
  2. ^ a b Anton, Mike (April 16, 2008). "See it now: the center of the world; The History of Humanity is being etched in stone in the California desert. The real story is the builder". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2013-01-27. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Mooallem, Jon (19 February 2014). "A Journey to the Center of the World". The New York Times Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2021.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  4. ^ a b Burke, Anne (2 January 2019). "A strange museum at the 'centre of the world'". BBC. Archived from the original on 6 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Camp Pilot Knob, California". Desert Training Center. Retrieved 17 January 2021.

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