The Governor Dick Observation Tower was built in 1954 and sits in an open field at the top of the hill. Truthfully, it’s a pretty ugly concrete structure. White on the bottom and grey at the top with a metal cage encasing the observation deck, they really couldn’t have created an uglier structure if they had tried. However, had the tower been made of wood, it likely would have been burned by arsonists, as happened to many of the buildings that once stood on the hill located in the Park at Governor Dick which is an isolated area of land near both Cornwall and Mount Gretna Pa. The park is comprised of more than 1,100 acres, with over 14 miles of hiking trails, many of which also allow horses and mountain biking.
Despite only being 66 feet high, the tower is just tall enough to see over most of the surrounding trees. Combined with its location on one of the highest hills in the area, the view from the top is quite expansive. In fact, it’s said that on a clear day, you can see five counties: Lebanon, Lancaster, Dauphin, Berks, and York. If you thought getting to the Governor Dick Observation Tower was an adventure, just wait until you’re ready to climb to the top! At only 15 feet in circumference, a regular stairwell won’t work inside the narrow tower. So instead, two identical columns have been constructed, each with a series of ladders that are used for climbing to the top of the tower.
At roughly 8 feet tall, each ladder is just tall enough to accommodate tall visitors, but short enough that there is little danger from accidents. At the top of each ladder, you step off to a small platform, where the bottom of the next ladder will take you further up the tower. As you can see and imagine, it's a favorite place for Graffiti and general messing around.
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