Pershing County, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- A couple from California wants to build the world's largest Christian monument in Pershing County, Nevada.
The Great Cross is expected to cost more than $2 billion before all is said and done and would not be complete until 2043 or later. Mike and Laurie Nowland the co-founders of The Great Cross Alliance say the long time frame does not discourage them, "We have no doubt based on our reception so far that we'll be able to clear those 63."
Nowland says if 63 of the more than 20,000 Christians who die each day were to buy a vault in The Great Cross, then he would have enough funds to complete the monument by 2043. However, they could begin construction much sooner.
"We need to get about 400 spaces, about $2 million, and we'll be able to lay the foundation, put in the first course. Once that's happening and we have a web cam up showing progress and showing that this is real, we believe it will not be stoppable. There will be a demand at some level around the world until it's done," says Mike Nowland.
The Great Cross would be 3,000 feet long and stand 213 feet tall. It would be made up of an estimated 600,000 hollow vaults. Not only will it be the largest Christian monument, Nowland says it is sure to be a tourist attraction as well, "The benefit for this area is in hospitality businesses that will be developed as it's constructed and as it finishes," says Mike Nowland.
The Nowland's have been working on this project for four years and while it has become their passion, not everyone shares the same vision, "We're gonna stay focused on the positive. There's always gonna be negative out there. We know that," says Laurie Nowland.
As for the land, the Nowland's have already put a deposit on 655 acres in Pershing County. The Nowland's say studies have been done on the land to ensure that the massive monument would be able to last for thousands and thousands of years.
If the Nowland's do not reach their $2 million goal before April 1st of 2014, they say they will end their efforts and send back all of the money collected so far, as well as, sell back the land. Mike Nowland would not comment on how many spots have been sold so far.
For more information about The Great Cross Alliance and the proposed monument visit: http://www.thegreatcrossalliance.com/