The Groom Cross, the Largest in the Western Hemisphere

The light from the sky “awakened” me around 630 am – I realized that my phone alarm didn’t set off.  I checked and found out that it was on but it would beep within 24 hours – that meant in the following day.  I must have been so tired from driving all night long.  I looked at where the sunrise came up.  It was already there.  I got out of my sleeping bag.  Oh boy! It was freezing inside the car – my glasses were cold!  I turned the heat on while I was getting ready to get out with camera in hand, put my jacket on and my beloved flip-flops. I checked the temperature.  It was 45 degrees outside.  I wasn’t bringing some socks along.  I just forgot. I waited until I got warmed up.  I got out from the car and started getting busy clicking the cross during the sunrise still glistening.

_MG_0049-Edit-3A bronze Last Supper features Jesus breaking bread facing the Cross.

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“If you want to be reminded of the love, just watch the sunrise.”

_MG_0063-3The cross is surrounded with the life-sized statues of the fourteen Stations of the Cross.

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The Groom Cross was built by Steve Thomas in 1995. Mr. Thomas, disgusted with the huge billboards advertising XXX pornography locations along I-40 wanted to make a public profession of faith along the Interstate. He was inspired by a cross built by a rancher in Ballinger, Texas. Mr. Thomas knew that he would build a cross so it was built on private property donated by Chris Britten to avoid legal issues with the ACLU at a height of 190 feet, the Groom Cross is reported as being the biggest cross in the northern hemisphere.

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The Cross is a knee-bending 190 feet tall and 110 feet wide. This is the 2nd largest Cross in the Western Hemisphere.

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 I stayed for about 45 minutes and went on to take some snapshots of the Leaning Water Tank Tower that is not far away from the Cross.

I-40, Exit 112. Groom, Texas.  Check it out – there’s more than an eye.

Off to The Britten Leaning Water Tower, just two exits away….

 

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About christy

I'm a freelance photographer. I love creating visual eye candy, be it my digital artwork or photography. More often than not, it turns out to be a combination of both. Whatever catches my eye, I shoot, specializing in landscapes, sports and portraits." Hailed from the Texas-born Baton Rouge, Louisiana residence, my photography was always my hobby, off and on, when time permitted. I had itched for a big change. I bought my first DSLR camera, I found myself falling back into photography again, and I've decided to pursue it full-time. I am specializing in landscapes however my interests are in the horizon into family portraits, senior portraits, sports, events and whatever catches my eye, I shoot.
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