Fremont is quirky, and that's meant as a compliment. Known by some as The People's Republic of Fremont, it's home to a giant stone troll (living under a bridge), a statue of Lenin (originally found in Slovakia), and the Fremont Rocket. Along with the unique landmarks, Fremont is also home to some of Seattle’s most original people—artists, writers, and entrepreneurs. Fremont has declared itself “The Center of the Known Universe” and in the 1990s King County officially proclaimed it to be so. One thing is for sure, Fremont is a mecca for Seattle's most creative and peculiar people and businesses that certainly live up to the neighborhood’s unofficial motto “De Libertas Quirkas” (Freedom to be Peculiar).