Wednesday, January 16, 2013

World’s tallest cross

effingham cross

This is the tallest cross in the world, at least according to Roadside America. I drive past it at Effingham, Ill. whenever I’m to-ing and fro-ing to Indiana.

It's 198 feet tall and 113 feet wide – two feet taller than its nearest rival in Groom, Texas – and is seen by an estimated 20 million people a year driving past on Interstates 57 and 70.

So why only 198 feet and not 200? Because the FAA says anything 200 feet tall or higher has to have a blinking red light on it to warn low-flying pilots and a blinking red light atop such a religious symbol would be unseemly.

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