Mt. Lyn Lowry cross goes dark

By Rachel Robles, Lifestyles editor | Apr 21, 2014
Photo by: GONE DARK — The Lowry cross will remain dark until much-needed repairs are made.

The sky has been dark over Mt. Lyn Lowry for a few days, and people are wondering why.

The 60-foot tall cross, a memorial to 15-year old Lyn Lowry who died of leukemia in 1962, will remain dark for a while.

“We’re trying to get it fixed,” said Bet Snyder, a trustee of the Sumter L. Lowry Foundation. “The lighting system is 50-years old and is having some problems.”

The Lowry cross was first lit Aug. 6, 1964, and was dedicated Aug. 9, 1965, by the Rev. Billy Graham in a private ceremony. Since then, the cross, sitting at 6,280 feet above sea level, has shone brightly most nights, visible for 30 to 40 miles on a clear night.

The cross has had the same lighting system since it was built and will have to meet certain standards before it’s lit again.

“The government has outlawed certain types of light bulbs and we’re tying to figure out what the best replacement is in terms of what’s going to give it the same quality and quantity of light,” said Snyder. “The fixtures themselves have gone dead and you can’t just replace those.”

The foundation is working diligently to get the lights back on.

“We’re trying to get it done as swiftly as we can,” said Snyder.