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Alto Pass - Bald Knob Cross

3630 Bald Knob Road

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.


Brooks Overby

Saturday, April 28, 2018
This is a very cool place. The drive to it is a scenic country road. Be on the look out for horseback riders. Once at the cross there is a visitors center with a deck on the back with wonderful views. Inside there’s a timeline/history wall of the cross. They also have this up at the cross and the pictures are bigger there. The cross is huge and very neat to see. I only wish we could’ve gone to the top. I’m very thankful to live in a country where we can worship our Lord and Savior freely and spread His gospel with a 100 foot Cross!


Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Simply gorgeous. The highest giant cross above average terrain in the world. Surrounded by wilderness area old growth forests situated in the Illinois Ozarks. Breathtaking.

Humble Hawk

Friday, April 6, 2018
pros- big white crosses and they sell 'stuff'. There view is just be ok. Cons- several miles of Scenic winding roads just for one site. Certainly not Inspiration Point or Garden of the Gods. Comparatively and frankly Trigg Tower, dozens of smaller chiller places are

David Rhodes

Saturday, March 17, 2018
What a beautiful religious icon! Wonderful history and views. The highest point around and so much beauty.

Angela Ekpa

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
We used to come up here as kids. We'd stop and get fresh peaches or apples, depending on the season, and eat them here as a little picnic. I haven't been in years but cannot wait to return and share the experience with my own children.

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