Expansion Plans Announced for Bald Knob Cross

ALTO PASS, Ill. (AP) — Members of the board in charge of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace say they plan to expand the site and hire an executive director for the 11-story cross atop the tallest peak in southern Illinois.

The board made the announcement Thursday. They say they want to renovate the visitors’ center and possibly build a conference and retreat area near the cross, located near Alto Pass. The board also says it will hire an executive director as its first employee. Plans also include an observation deck.

The cross is about 130 miles southeast of St. Louis near the Shawnee National Forest. It has been a fixture on the 1,025-foot-high Bald Knob Mountain. It was built largely with local farmers’ profits from selling pigs.

This summer the board purchased about 12 acres of adjacent land for $78,000.

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