In a field near the interstate, in Effingham, at the intersections of I-70 and I-57, stands the world’s largest cross. Dedicated in the fall of 2001, this 198 foot tall structure has become a city symbol, inspiration to thousands and a beacon seen by some 50,000 travelers daily.
Although an obvious religious symbol, the ‘Cross at the Crossroads‘ as it has come to be known, is a non-denominational landmark and even in the visitors center there is no evangelizing. Visitors are simply welcome to come, observe and rest for a bit if they wish in the comfortable visitors center located on the grounds.
Inspired by another giant cross in Groom, Texas, the Effingham community put together a non-denominational foundation which raised more than $1 million in donations and private funding to construct the monument.
To reach the Cross, take exit 159 off I-57/I-70. Turn right onto Raney Street (second light) and after 1 mile, turn right onto Pike St. Map
– Ed Baumgarten