Effingham in Effingham County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Welcome to the Cross at the Crossroads!
We Invite You to Explore the Grounds, Visit the Welcome Center, Pray in the Chapel, and Enjoy the Presence of Christ.
The History of the Cross:
In the Spring of 1997, John & Fran Schultz visited a similar Cross in Groom, TX. Having been inspired, the couple envisioned something comparable in their hometown of Effingham, IL.
John quickly assembled a team who worked to build the Cross. Together, they dreamed of creating an ecumenical site that would provide messages and programs promoting the values of faith and family in daily living.
After years of searching for land and researching building materials and fabrication companies, things fell into place and construction began in January of 2001.
The Mission of the Cross:
The Cross Foundation and The Cross at the Crossroads exist to share the Christian message of love, forgiveness, hope and eternal life through Jesus Christ, with as many people as possible through programs, activities, and the symbolism of the Cross.
The Dedication of the Cross:
The Cross was dedicated on
An Engineering Wonder:
The Cross at the Crossroads is located on one of America's most traveled Interstate corridors — at the intersection of Interstate 57 and 70 (exit 159) in Effingham, IL.
Soaring nearly 200 feet into the Midwestern sky, the cross is viewed as a symbol of love and hope by over 55,000 people per day.
The open arms of the Cross, spanning 113 feet, are a welcoming sign to the approaching traveler, while the site on which it sits offers visitors an opportunity for thought, and reflection, and prayer.
The Cross shines in the sunlight as a reminder of God's love to millions of travelers and natives alike. In the night sky, the Cross is a true light to lead the world out of darkness.
A wonderful group of 200+ volunteers helps to ensure the success of The Cross at the Crossroads - staffing the Welcome Center, greeting visitors, answering questions, selling Cross merchandise, and much more. They are a blessing to us!
Board of Directors:
Erected by Cross at the Crossroads.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is September 16, 2001.
Location. 39° 6.409′ N, 88° 34.272′ W. Marker is in Effingham, Illinois, in Effingham County. Marker can be reached from Pike Avenue west of Heartland Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2603 South Raney Street, Effingham IL 62401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.9 miles away); Effingham County Courthouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); Yates Post No. 88 W.R.C. (approx. 1.9 miles away); Effingham (approx. 1.9 miles away); Lord Thomas Howard, Earl of Effingham (approx. 1.9 miles away); Teutopolis (approx. 5½ miles away); National Road (approx. 6 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Effingham.
Regarding Welcome to the Cross at the Crossroads!. The Cross stands at 198-feet tall. It was the largest cross structure in the United States until 2018 when a 218-foot cross was built outside Branson, Missouri.
Also see . . . The Cross Foundation. Official website for the organization behind the Cross at the Crossroads. (Submitted on July 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 284 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 14, 2020, by Jason Voigt of Glen Carbon, Illinois.