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Felicity

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Felicity is an unincorporated community in Imperial County, California, which calls itself "Center of the World". It lies at an elevation of 285 feet (87 m).Founded on May 11, 1986, the community was named after a town mentioned in Jacques-André Istel's book Coe the Good Dragon and inspired by his wife, Felicia. It is accessible from Interstate 8 in the far southeast of the state, just west of Yuma, Arizona.LandmarksThe Sundial at FelicityThe gnomon of the 15ft 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 (engineered to earthquake zone 4 specifications). The church will remain the highest point in the town of Felicity now and in the future.Sculpture at entranceThe 25ft 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 500ft of the original stairway. Built with the technology of the 1860s, the weight of approximately 54000lb 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 6600lb section required engineering and a building permit. It serves no practical purpose, but is part of the spirit of Felicity.
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