Bald Knob Cross of Peace, Alto Pass

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The base of the cross is 1,034 feet above sea level and overlooks the Shawnee National Forest. Originally completed in 1963 with a restoration completed in 2010, the cross itself stands 111 feet tall, is 22 feet square at the base, 16 feet square at the top and its arms extend 63 feet horizontally. The exterior white panels covering the cross are 4-inch architectural flat insulated metal panels while the base portion is covered in granite approximately 4-inches thick. The structure sits on a foundation of 730 tons of reinforced concrete that goes down 20 feet to bedrock. The steel framework weighs 170 tons. Each of the four sides of the cross have a word inscribed into the granite: Peace, Hope, Faith, Charity.
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  • I started going to the cross many years ago when I was in grade school with my father. We would go every couple of years. It has always been such a peaceful pace to go, they no longer have the wood be...  more »
  • Very few people were there when we visited so I'm sure that added to the peace of the experience. The views are spectacular. The cross itself is massive so it is a bit awe inspiring. Definitely worth ...  more »
  • An impressive place. Beautiful views of the surrounding terrain. Visitors center is clean, well maintained, and staffed by a volunteer. Restrooms are available. The road to the cross winds through wooded countryside. There is an access to the River to River Trail (Godwin Trailhead) about two miles before reaching the cross itself. That section of the trail goes all the way to LaRue Pine Hills near the Mississippi River.
  • It's always fun driving to Bald Knob Cross because of the winding roads and the beautiful views. There's a tiny park on a bluff along the way with amazing scenery. The cross has been renovated since I was there last. It looks like it was constructed the other day. Make sure you stop in at the Root Beer Saloon in downtown Alto Pass before or after the drive. It's one of a kind and has great root beer floats.

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