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.

Surrounding the giant, white steel structure are monuments with the Ten Commandments accompanied by push button audio recordings about each commandment.

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