Christians in the Texas Panhandle are not shy about expressing their beliefs, either in words or symbols. Two examples: the towns of Clarendon and Groom, TX.
Clarendon is a small town (population about 1,900) 60 miles southeast of Amarillo on US Highway 287, the main route from Amarillo to Ft. Worth. The welcome sign at the city limit is a windmill -- one of the familiar Panhandle icons:
But look closely right below the Chamber of Commerce sign:
The signs continue all the way through town:
Up the road a bit, and 40 miles east of Amarillo is Groom, population about 550.
Here the Blessed Mary restaurant bears witness:
But even more striking is the famous Groom Cross at a church just off I-40 less than a mile from town:
The free-standing cross is 190 feet tall and weighs 1,250 tons. It was erected in 1995 and is visible for miles (right up there with the wind turbines):
Here are two articles with different perspectives on the cross: reverent and irreverent . . . take your pick.
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