Was it originally a grain silo, later converted to another purpose? Does it really hold a spiral staircase, as it seems to? Was it used to spot tornadoes, to look for Indians, or just for — entertaining? At the base, the watchtower joins a high stone wall, which is also very unusual for these parts.
Whatever its history, this Old World watchtower is very picturesque. It dresses up a part of the Midwest that is low on surprises.