Bald Knob Cross near Alto Pass, Illiniois, has an amazing history which can be read in the above video or on the website. They have planned events at the cross, including the annual Easter sunrise service. I love visiting Bald Knob Cross at sunset. It casts an amazing yellow light onto the cross. I have never visited at sunrise, but it is hard to imagine it as beautiful as the sunset.
The structure is 111 feet tall. The base of the cross is 1,034 feet above sea level and overlooks the Shawnee National Forest.
The sound flags blowing in the wind and the rope hitting the pole lend to the feel of the place. I love capturing the flag and the cross together in a photo. I think the photo sends a message without words. September 19, 2020
There are amazing views from Bald Knob Cross. You can see great distances 360 degrees around. In this photo, we look at Missouri and the Mississippi River.
There are guides around the cross that help you to know what to look for in the distance. Cape Girardeau is located over the musuem building when standing at the cross.
If you are able to plan ahead, I suggest planning a hike nearby and visiting the cross at sunset.
The sunset view is worth the effort to be there late in the day, even though the museum is closed.
Are you forgetting to breath in yet?
I could just stand here for a while.
Here are a few photos I took in 2013. It was not as pretty of a day. You can see the museum building in this photo. Directly over the building in the distance is Cape Girardeau. You can see the cross from the Trail of Tears State Park overlook in Cape Girardeau County.
We saw this scene in 2020 but did not stop to take a photo of it, so I was glad to see a photo of it in my 2013 photo stash. As you are leaving there is one section of the road outside the passenger side window you can see the cross up on the hill.