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The Grotto

Down the hill a short way from this giant cross, there are a couple of grottoes, shrines to Our Lady of Guadalupe. This one had a small rack of devotional candles (some of them lit), a bench, and a broom.

near Ballinger, Texas
photographed 2.24.2018

A religious destination

So, this cross.

It’s six miles south of the town of Ballinger, Texas, and from a certain vantage point in town it appears to hover above the county courthouse. I am not sure what message that sends, but there it is.

On maps, the cross shows up with the notation “religious destination.” And this article about it lists the names of the people who paid for its construction, but never mentions why. I guess we can each fill in that part of the story.

near Ballinger, Texas
photographed 2.24.2018

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