TC09 #49 - Lift High the Cross
In Texas, United States
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Look for a decon container. Please make sure that the lid is properly sealed and placed back in its original location. Thanks!
The original swag is a Where's George dollar bill, a slinky, a tiger, a lion, a micro car, a bouncy ball and a care bear.
The trail up the hill is well maintained.
The marl and limestone hill, elevation 1915 feet, was an Indian signal point, advancing news of the intrusion of white settlers. The hill was first recorded and described by the German Geologist, Dr. Ferdinand Roemer in 1847. A timber cross found on the hilltop the same year suggests that Spanish Missionaries recognized it as a landmark on a path from San Antonio to Mission San Saba. John Christian Durst (1825-1898), arriving with his family in 1847 from Germany, received a town lot and 10 acres of land, including the hill. On finding the cross, he named it "Kreuz berg," or Cross Mountain. The Easter Fires on Cross Mountain and the surrounding hills recall a German tradition of burning the old growth to make way for the new, and also commemorate the 1847 treaty made by John O. Meusebach and the settlers to establish peace with the Comanche Nation.
In 1849, A Bohemian Priest Father George Menzel, erected a more substantial cross as a symbol of redemption and civilization. Easter sunrise services were conducted for many years prior to 1941. In 1946 the very Rev. F. X. Wolf threw the switch to illuminate the permanent cross of metal and concrete built by St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Copied from the Texas Historical Marker on site.
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Last Updated: on 4/30/2013 10:46:45 PM Pacific Daylight Time (5:46 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum