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Next Guardian Of The Wonder Tower: It Could Be You

The Wonder Tower.
The Wonder Tower.
If you’ve ever wanted to hop off the modern-times treadmill and dial back the speed of life, this could be your chance.

You could be the next keeper of the Genoa, Colorado, Wonder Tower.

The Wonder Tower has been a tourist attraction longer than most people on earth have been alive. Charles W. Gregory built the Tower in 1926, claiming that its observation deck was the highest point between New York City and Denver (For those unfamiliar, the Wonder Tower stands in eastern Colorado, which is as flat as western Kansas).

Jerry Chubbuck is the Tower’s current caretaker. He’s packed it with collections of bottles, arrowheads, and mysterious bric-a-brac. But Jerry is well past retirement age, and in 2012 he hoped to find a buyer for the Tower by the end of the summer. When a worthy candidate failed to materialize, Jerry stayed on.

Jerry Chubbuck.
Jerry Chubbuck
2013 finds him back in his usual spot, regaling visitors with time-worn gags, posing for photos, and assessing every visitor’s potential.

“Most people just want this and that,” Jerry said of the prospective buyers. “Some want the arrowheads. Some want the bottles. Everybody wants the moose in the back.” But Jerry doesn’t want a cherry-picker. He wants to find a person who will continue the dynasty, who will vouchsafe the Wonder Tower like the generations of knights who kept watch over the Holy Grail.

This isn’t a short-term gig. Jerry has been at the Wonder Tower since 1967.

Wonder Tower outbuilding.“One family came in,” Jerry said. “A really bad day. Really cold and terrible. And they stayed two hours, at least! And they wanted to come back when it warms up, and take another look, and they were talking like they just wanted to buy the whole place. That would be wonderful.”

Jerry is usually at the Wonder Tower every day from 9 to 5 when the weather is warm, running it as a tourist attraction. If the weather is cold, just give him a call in advance and he might open the Tower. But be warned: Jerry will be studying you, and if he feels that you’re The One, you may be staying longer than you’d anticipated.

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RoadsideAmerica.com Team Field Report

Wonder Tower (Closed)

Directions:
I-70 exit 371 (Hwy. 109).
Hours:
Aug. 2013: Jerry died. Sep. 2014: Tower contents sold.

One Response to “Next Guardian Of The Wonder Tower: It Could Be You”

  1. shawn Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    i’ve been here in 2008 and let me say it’s different. it needs work on the tower unless it was repaired already. but the veiw was good minus the birds flying in and out. i’m curious on how much he wants for it all. there are some crazy items inside and let me say that some of them arrowheads can have some nice values on them. and about the cold weather, i can imagine the wind in the winter, that’s a really flat land and the wind must be fast in the winter.

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