Rising 190 feet above the vast Texas panhandle plain east of Amarillo stands this monument to the suffering and sacrifice of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Lifesize bronze sculptures depicting the twelve stations of the cross circle the base of the monument.
The Stations of the Cross
Sculptor - Mickey Wells
"For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." 1st Corinthians 1:18
The monument is located on the south side of Interstate 40 near the community of Groom, Texas. In addition to what you see in these photos there are a gift shop, a display of a replica of the Shroud of Turin, an empty tomb with an angel, a devine mercy fountain, a memorial to the innocent victims of abortion, and a visitor center under construction. Future plans are to complete the visitor center and add a chapel and gardens with other Biblical scenes in life size bronze.
The cross is 190 feet (19 stories) tall. The cross beam is 110 feet long. The total weight is 2,500,000 pounds. The cross-section is 12 feet by 12 feet. The framework is 16" x 16" x 5/8" thick tubular steel. It is anchored to the base with 7" diameter pins weighing 300 pounds each. The foundation is 25 feet by 32 feet and 20 feet deep. It required 65 truckloads of concrete hauled in from Amarillo, Borger, and Pampa to complete the pour in a single day. The foundation contains 80,000 pounds of 1-1/4" 'rebar' iron re-inforcing rods connected with 6,000 welds.
Use this information to contact the Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries and offer your support or compliments for their wonderful project. My small part was to help present the beauty of their work to you people searching online. Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Ministries P.O. Box 341, Pampa, TX 79066; (806) 665-7788; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org