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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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  • This is a ginormous cross in the middle of the Shawnee Wine Trail region. You have to drive a bit down a sketchy road to get there but it is not too bad. This is not a place that you go up inside... 
    This is a ginormous cross in the middle of the Shawnee Wine Trail region. You have to drive a bit down a sketchy road to get there but it is not too bad. This is not a place that you go up inside...  more »
  • We had a little time to kill passing through this area on vacation & took the recommendation of a colleague to check out the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The drive to it was very pretty - this is a... 
    We had a little time to kill passing through this area on vacation & took the recommendation of a colleague to check out the Bald Knob Cross of Peace. The drive to it was very pretty - this is a...  more »
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  • This was my first visit. When you ride out of the tree's, and see the cross, it is a peaceful sight. Nice little shop also.
  • This is a must see place, the views are breath taking and just to be in the presence of the cross is spiritual.

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