Completed in 1963.
The first Easter sunrise service on Bald Knob was in 1937, when 250 gathered on the hill 1,000 feet above sea level.
Thousands of people attended the services the following years and the popularity of the annual service led to a plan to purchase the land commonly known as Bald Knob Hill or Bald Knob Mountain to some.
By 1953, funds had been raised to construct the foundation of the western hemisphere’s largest cross.
— Brenda Kirkpatrick (2014)
In the photo above, a total solar eclipse is seen above the Bald Knob Cross of Peace Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Alto Pass, Ill. More than 700 people visited the over 100 foot cross for the event.