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For Native Huntsville residents the Monte Sano Cross has always been a source of pride. The huge cross was first erected in 1963. It is made of concrete and is 74 feet high and weighs 38 tons. It was lit at night and could easily be seen for miles when travelling down Governors Drive or from the Burritt Museum. For many years you could also look over at Monte Sano Mountain while travelling down the parkway to see it. The Cross would burn bright at night and was a thing of beauty against the dark backdrop of the mountain. In those days there were few houses on the mountain. Eventually more and more houses were built and the trees began to block the view of the cross. Over the years it fell into disrepair and the lights were no longer visible. It could no longer be seen day or night. For years there were discussions about repairing the Cross but no budget for it.In 2014 a local Dentist, Denton Kimbrough and his wife decided to on take on the project and began the restoration process. Dr. Kimbrough was also an elder at Mayfair Church of Christ. After finishing the restoration process the large beautiful cross is now visible . Next time you are driving down the Parkway or Governors Drive especially at night be sure and take a look. Once again, the Monte Sano Cross shines brightly like a beacon of hope for all to see and appreciate.
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