The World’s Wonder View Tower is located on Colorado's eastern plains, about 10 miles east of Limon on I-70. (That's about 50 miles from the Kansas border, and about 100 miles east of Denver). I had been wanting to visit this place for years, but somehow never got around to it. We finally did, though, and it was one of the highpoints of a perfect day!|
The Genoa exit from I-70 leads you to this dirt road that leads to the Wonder Tower. I couldn't bear cropping out the co-op, although that would have made the little green sign more legible. The one that says "Business District".
Two vintage vehicles stand guard in the parking lot, day and night. They hold a tiny fraction of the WT's glass collection. When I saw this, I said, "These are my people. I have come home."
This place is a photographer's paradise!
There is surprisingly little info on the web about the history of the WT. It was built in 1926 by a railroad engineer named Charles W. Gregory, and it was an early version of a truck stop/tourist trap for decades. People traveling through on old Highway 24 (later Highway 40 North) could stop for food and gas, and of course climb the WT and "See Six States!" (Claim reportedly verified by Ripley's Believe It or Not.)
Here's The Clone just inside the main entrance. All horizontal surfaces are covered with Stuff. Including the ceilings.
Most of the items are for sale. If you can't find a souvenir you like here, you just aren't trying.
What I found difficult was settling myself down to look and see. There's so much to catch your eye that your brain gets overwhelmed. Or okay, my brain.
Next most numerous thing after glass items are rocks. Fancy ones, sometimes. This is one of the biggest dang geodes I've ever seen, and that counts ones in museums!
No longer delivering to Hogwarts.
It seems to be traditional to take a picture of the two-headed calf, so it's lucky I did.
The mastodon tusks are much cooler, though. The current owner, Jerry Chubbuck, is an amateur archeologist, and he added some of his treasures to the collection. These are, again, things you just don't see outside of museums, and here you can touch them!
You can even find political commentary here!
What makes the WT way better than any other flea market or antique shop gone wild is, of course, The Tower. Encouraging sign gives encouragement.
Let's start at the top, shall we? Just to be different? That's I-70 cutting across this vaguely southwest view.
One of these crumbling roads is the old highway, probably the closer one, as the WT was originally located ON the highway. When I-70 was built, though, the town was bypassed, and since Limon is only about 10 miles away, that's where travelers stop now.
Looking down from above on just a few of the spare bottles....
...and other interesting things.
Looking east. Kinda flat out here some places, huh?
I think this was a Navy Surplus item, which probably was a big help with the seeing six states thing. Missing parts now, though.
I'd be willing to bet good money these old outhouses were in use back in the day of the original site!
Part of the little fence that keeps you safely on the tower top (which is probably about 7' x 7', maybe a little less).
Traditional arty shot.
The entrance, from up on the tower. I had to take a lot of pictures from the top, as The Clone and Mike declined to come all the way up the last two rather steeper flights of stairs. The sign was right, though, it is doable. My knees were not happy with me later, but it was well worth it!
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