Cross Roads is a small rural community located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 75 and the Old San Antonio Road about ten miles north of Madisonville in northern Madison County. The town began around the early 1900s, and much activity centered on a general store owned by John Collier and located on the northeastern corner of the highway intersection. Nearby was a blacksmith shop and a Baptist church. During the first half of the twentieth century several different stores were opened in Cross Roads. A cotton gin and a gristmill served the farmers of the region who brought their cotton and corn to town. The last business to operate in the community was a store owned by W. L. "Bud" Waldrip at the northwestern corner of the Cross Roads intersection. The establishment closed in 1978. Cross Roads has remained a dispersed rural community. In 2000 the population was seventy-five.