He was raised in Mineral Wells, but left in the late 1960s. Evelyn's father was the late Mineral Wells pastor, J.C. Atkins.
The Wigginses were living in Fort Worth when they felt a call to move back to Mineral Wells. The event that sparked the move was a dream Evelyn Wiggins had of returning.
After being turned down from Millsap Mountain – their first choice – the couple finally found what they were looking for on the east side of town.
“I just knew that's where God wanted [the cross],” Leon Wiggins said in a 1989 Index article.
Their ultimate hope in building the cross was to inspire everyone driving through Mineral Wells.
“What inspired me to put it up is for it to be a constant reminder to passersby that Christ died on the cross and shed his blood for us and rose up, and they can also live forever if the trust him,” Wiggins said in 1987 in the index.
The cross, built from two microwave dish towers, is made of 20-inch square steel and stands 40 feet tall, weighing in at 1,500 pounds. It is visible to both east and west bound traffic on Highway 180.
During its prime, the Wigginses received calls from various people regarding the cross's impact on their lives.
“We've had several calls from people about how their lives have been changed by that cross,” Wiggins said in 1987 in the Index. “We have seen good work come out of it.”
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