Heights Tower

Staycation
by Tim Johnson

Usually a famous person, a star, doesn't become a star until they leave their home town.  A landmark is only famous when you don't live near it.  I had lived in Peoria for over 15 years before I first went to the Heights Tower.  Why did I go? Strangely enough, because my friends from Indiana came to town and I wanted to show them why I love Peoria.    

Havana Power Plant

Havana Power Plant

Lourdes Church

Photo by Tim Johnson

Photo by Tim Johnson

Recently, I sat down with Jordyn and Sheila, two employee's who love the Tower.  The Tower stands in "The Village of Peoria Heights Tower Park." They said that a majority of the people that visit the tower are from out of the area, including many from other countries. They also said that the site is popular with geocache hunters. It is also popular with those that collect pennies. They taught me that the Heights Tower is actually a water tower with 500,000 gallons of water. Who knew?

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The tower stands 170 feet tall... Looking out, you can see for miles.  This is one solid steal tower with a panoramic view of the Peoria River Valley.  It has 3 large and separate observation decks.  There are 3 coin fed telescopes to get a closer look. Looking at the horizon and trying to find a landmark besides water towers is hard. Looking to the south, I spotted the Havana Nuclear Plant which is roughly 42 miles from the tower.  Can you spot something farther than that? Please comment below if you find a landmark farther away.

It towers over Grandview Drive, superb dining and unique shops in downtown Peoria Heights area, all of which are within blocks of the tower.  The cost is minimum. Regular pricing is $2 for adults and $1.25 for kids under 14. Summer hours are from 11am to 9pm. (Tower Park Website)

A couple of years ago, Heartland Sound Staged recorded a concert by The Roundstone Buskers playing on the top of the tower... Here is some of it's footage, with some really good shots from above.  Visit Heartland Sound Staged at http://heartlandsoundstaged.org/

Photo by Kevin May

Photo by Kevin May

The Heights Tower in Peoria Heights is an awesome hidden (in plain sight) secret in the Greater Peoria Area.  Have more comments or facts about the Heights Tower.... Add it below.

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