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Wilson, Kansas: Cross of Lights

A 60-foot-tall skeletal framework next to a lonely prairie church is lit like a cross at night.

Ave. C, Wilson, KS
Visible at night on the south side of I-70 between mileposts 212 and 213.
Only visible at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Cross of Lights.

Cross of Lights

For GPS: Excelsior Lutheran Church Cemetery. Beautiful at night -- would be even more epic at sunrise or sunset. Worth the pause to see in person and not driving by on I-70.

[Katye Wray, 09/27/2022]
Cross of Lights

Set back a ways from the interstate and easy to miss during daylight, especially because of all the windmills. I imagine it's way more impressive at night with the lights on.

[SonicedUp, 07/20/2016]
Lighted Cross

Untold thousands of drivers on Interstate 70 have driven by the Excelsior Lutheran Church, which is visible south of the highway. The church is situated on a small hill overlooking primarily wheat cropland. In the spring the little white church looks like a little white island in an ocean of green. In the summer it sets there in the middle of an ocean of waving golden wheat. It is always a pretty spot and picturesque. At night though is when the church really shines, literally. The 60-foot tall Lighted Cross is visible for miles, and appears as a cross from any direction due to its unique design.

[RS, 11/23/2014]

Built in 1976, the "cross" is actually an arrangement of lights on a skeletal tower. It's invisible during the day, especially now that several giant wind turbines, far larger than the cross, have been built between it and the interstate.

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