Tower Park - Central Illinois Ecocache

Brief Description:
Tower Park, in Peoria Heights, Illinois, has an Observation Tower, open air pavilion, Veteran’s memorial, a refreshing water fountain, children’s playground, and a bronze monument of Abraham Lincoln designed by Gutzon Borglum (designer of Mt. Rushmore) that is identical to two other sculptures, one in front of Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, Illinois, and the other in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda at Washington, D.C.
Located in Peoria Heights. Easily recognizable by the tall observation/water tower. Parking available on side streets.
Latitude / Longitude
N 40° 44.819
W 089° 34.482
16T E 282627
N 4513860
EcoCache ID:
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Submitting Group:
Kevin Emmons: Morton High School Teacher - Morton, IL
Date Submitted
Tower Park, has an Observation Tower, open air pavilion, Veteran’s memorial, and a bronze monument of Abraham Lincoln designed by Gutzon Borglum.
Long Description

Glide 170 feet to the top of the tower in the enclosed glass elevator to “View the Wonder” for many miles of the Illinois River Valley. On top of 500,000 gallons of clear, pure well water, there are three separate observation decks designed to provide a spectacular panorama in all directions. There are three telescopes available for even closer viewing. This structure is the only one of its kind in the U.S.A.

Be sure to notice the rather large woodpecker on the side of the tower. You might enjoy seeing the panoramic view of the Illinois Valley from the top of the tower. Don’t forget to take your camera and binoculars with you. The ride up is in a glassed elevator. The ride is slow and gentle, even for those not comfortable with heights.

Atop the circular tower you will find a wall that is four-five feet high to see over. Small plaques are mounted on the flat surface of the wall and give the azimuth (direction) to many world cities and Illinois communities. A free guide at the ticket booth lists the locations and distances. From this vantage point, one can easily see the Illinois River Valley including the Bloomington Glacial Moraine.

The Observation Tower is open from the first part of April through October (weather permitting). Tuesday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. Holiday Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. July 3rd or 4th: 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Elevator rides to the Observation Decks:
Adults - $2.00
Seniors (65 and older) - $1.75
Children (5-12) - $1.25
Children under 5 are FREE

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