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Smack in the middle of the San Luis Valley, in Hooper, Colorado, is a ten foot tall platform called UFO Watchtower atop which one can watch strange things being unfolded in the sky above. While not exactly a hotspot for UFO watchers, Colorado has its fair share in the UFO business, and taking advantage of it is former cattle ranch owner Judy Messoline, who moved from Denver to Hooper in the mid-1990s. After Messoline failed to raise cattle, she decided she would make more money by simply raising a platform.

Messoline erected the UFO Watchtower in 2000, but she didn’t expect anybody would actually be drawn to it, much less, pay $2 to climb it. After all, "when you're already at 7,600 feet, you don't need to be much higher," she told Roadside America. But it did. Throngs of people flocked to Judy’s property and made it a popular stopover. Sometimes visitors would camp on the property for the middle-of-the-night viewings. As of August 2015, there have been 96 reported sightings from the structure, 26 of which by Messoline herself.

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