Roadside Detour II – Groom, Texas

About forty five miles east of Amarillo is the small, unassuming town of Groom, Texas. Well, the town may be small and unassuming, but the 190 foot cross that calls Groom its home is anything but….

Touted as being the largest cross in the Northern Hemisphere, the Groom Cross can be seen as far as twenty miles away on I-40!  It was built by Steve and Bobby Thomas of Pampa, Texas.  It seems that they were tired of all the XXX billboards that passersby encountered on this stretch of the interstate, and wanted to provide folks with a more meaningful encounter.

Circling the cross are bronze sculptures which depict Jesus’s journey to the cross.

Jesus Meets His Mother

The painstaking detail was both phenomenal and powerful.

Jesus Falls The Second Time


Jesus Is Stripped Of His Garments

There seemed to be a quiet holiness about this area, another stop on our journey that provoked introspection.

Jesus Is Nailed To The Cross

Included at this site is a replica of Jesus’s tomb, the Shroud of Turin, and a nice little gift shop with super clean bathrooms, which, in my book, is always a blessing when on the road!

Since the cross can be seen for miles, some may just drive on by, thinking it pointless to stop and gawk a huge white cross.  However, we thought the half hour spent admiring this spiritual expression in the Texas panhandle was well worth it!


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