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Three roadside crosses

Posted by ESC on April 02, 2002

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Have you ever noticed the sets of three crosses dotting the U.S. landscape? Here's information about their origin:

"A Mississippi nonprofit organization wants to repaint hundreds of wooden crosses erected by The Rev. Bernard Coffindaffer. Before his death in 1993, Coffindaffer, a Nicholas County coal entrepreneur, started the first three-cross cluster about 65 miles north of Charleston (W.Va.). The clusters, like this set on Gatewood Road in Fayetteville, eventually numbered 1,780. Standing 25 feet high, they were painted light blue and 'Jerusalem gold' and dotting interstate highways in 29 states."

April 2, 2002
Register-Herald
Beckley, W.Va.