Always gaudy and gimmicky on purpose, the World’s Wonder View Tower was the promotional invention of Colorado’s P.T. Barnum, C.W. Gregory, and his partner, Myrtle Le Bow.
Locals call it the Genoa Tower. Starting almost 60 years ago, Gregory built the original tower of wood, then continuously added rock rooms until the complex sprawled over the knoll east of Genoa for several hundred feet.
World’s Wonder View Tower
30121 Frontage Road, Genoa, CO 80818
Open March-Sept. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (or as posted)
By appointment Oct.-April 719-763-2309
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The Geological Survey reportedly confirmed, in 1934, that the tower’s peak was the highest point between Denver and New York City. Ripley’s Believe it or Not proved that it was possible to see six states from the top. Inside, 87 steps (including some very steep, ladder-like stairs) carry visitors through a series of rooms named after their colors, including Gregory’s former library and office.
Downstairs is a Curio Shop and a Museum full of two-headed calves, eight-legged pigs, and other anomalies. Lining the walls are many items of genuine historical interest, including old guns, antique furniture, and many Indian artifacts.
The Rock Building, which used to be the cafe, boasts rocks from every state in the United States as well as several from foreign countries. Inside, you’ll find the Petrified Room, the Branding Room, the Indian Room, the Barbeque Room, and the Colorado Room. Every room at World’s Wonder View Tower features something you just can’t find anywhere else.
Jerry Chubbuck, an amateur archeologist, owns the tower now. He added his collection of 20,000 Indian arrowheads; bones, pictures and literature describing an 8500-year old bison kill which he discovered in Cheyenne County; and a 75,000-year-old Imperial Mammoth skeleton, also found in Cheyenne County.
Mr. Chubbuck invites you to see the ruts of old stage routes where the Texas-Montana trails crossed, an old spring where early-day herds and cowboys quenched their thirst, a monument built entirely of petrified coal, a snake pit, a wishing well, and the world’s smallest oil filling station office. Don’t miss the unique collection of history at the World’s Wonder View Tower!
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