The Fremont Rocket is a sculpture in the Fremont section of Seattle, Washington.
The Rocket was originally constructed in the 1950s for use in the Cold War but was never used and became part of a display for an army surplus store that eventually went out of business in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle in 1991. The Fremont Business Association wanted it to be brought to the Center of the Universe, as Fremont is known, to serve as another unique landmark in the area.
In 1994, a team of specialists was called in to rebuild the Rocket using the tail boom of a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar transport aircraft that was modified to resemble a missile. Once assembled, the Rocket was attached to the side of a building in its current location at the corner of Evanston N and N 35th St. This 53ft Rocket has the Fremont Crest and motto “De Libertas Quirkas” which means “Freedom to be Peculiar”.
While you may not notice the Fremont Rocket immediately as you are strolling through the area, Fremont itself is a quirky part of Seattle that you don’t want to miss. The Fremont Rocket is just steps away from the Statue of Lenin, the Center of the Universe Guidepost, great art and restaurants. Once you visit you’ll feel that gravitational pull that makes you want to return again and again.