Genoa, Colorado, ourjourney.info/MyJourneyDestinations/WonderTower.asp, 719/763-2309
In its heyday, the Wonder View Tower was really something.
Built at the highest spot between New York City and the Rockies—nearly 400 feet higher then Denver at 5,671 feet above sea level—the 80-foot-tall tower, from the top of which the proprietors claim you can see six states (Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico), was once the anchor of a popular lodging/eatery/dancehall/saloon. Burgers were a dime, and a gallon of wine was a quarter. A stage fronted several dining rooms, where booths were sunk into the funky rock walls, many hand-painted with various symbols. “Eat, drink, gas, and pop at the tower” was the slogan back in the day.
Today, it’s still something, but we’re not quite sure what. Every last room in the place is cluttered with antiques. The paint is peeling. The stairs and ladders up to the tower are shabby. But the view, and a wisp of the roadside mystique, is still intact. As much as things change, some things remain the same.
I don’t know if you can really see six states, bit there are three two-headed calves in one of the rooms on the main floor.