Gardendale, Alabama: 125-Foot-Tall Cross

Stainless steel cross constructed in 2010 by the Gardendale First Baptist Church is illuminated at night and visible from I-65. A drive-by sight.
316 Mountain Crest Parkway, Gardendale, AL
From Birmingham, 1-65 North to Fieldstown Road exit. Turn right at the end off the exit ramp and follow Fieldstown Road to Mt. Olive Road which is the second red light. Turn left. The main entrance is on the left. Turn onto Mountain Crest Parkway,
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125-Foot-Tall Cross

The cross can be seen clearly from Interstate 65 from both directions. If you are quick and lucky you can snap a picture of it while traveling by, but if you would rather see it up close you can visit the church parking lot to get up close and personal.

If you happen to be traveling through Alabama on Interstate 22 you can see another large cross, just north of Jasper -- so you don't have to detour to this one if it is just a cross you are after.

[Kathy G, 03/07/2017]


125-Foot-Tall Cross

This cross is actually made from mild steel plate and just painted to look like stainless steel! It's 125 feet from the edge of the Alabama Dept. of Transportation right-of-way, and the spot was specifically chosen by the Alabama DOT to ensure that if the cross fell it would not fall on DOT property. It was fabricated in Mississippi by the Headrick company and transported in three pieces to the site (I was the project manager for fabricating and erecting this cross).

The flower garden at the entrance to the church was destroyed when the truck transporting the longest section could not turn the corner sharp enough.

[John Rebry, 09/19/2014]


125 ft. Tall Cross

Here's the stainless steel cross in the daytime.

[Sabrina, 06/25/2011]

Big cross.

125 ft. Tall Cross

It's a 125 ft. tall stainless steel cross strategically placed next to Interstate 65 for all the drivers to see. It was constructed in 2010. It is approximately 200 ft. from the Interstate. It's a sight to see during the daytime or at night when it is VERY well lit. If you want to see it without wrecking your vehicle, take the next exit, and you can drive right up to it. It is by the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Gardendale North Campus.

[Ben Tate, 03/30/2011]

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