The very first star on the south side of the Franklin Mountains was built by the El Paso Electric Company in 1940. At the time it was only 50 feet wide and could barely be seen on the Carlsbad Highway. It also did not last long; a storm blew out most of the bulbs.
Soon after, another star was built bigger and better. It was 403 feet long, 300 feet wide and used 300 light bulbs. More improvements were made in 1946: the length was increased to 459 feet, the width reduced to 278 feet and 459 light bulbs were used. It was then that lighting the "Star on the Mountain," became an El Paso tradition during Christmas season.
Today the Star has the same dimensions as in 1946. It sits at an angle of 30 degrees and appears to be "perfect" at its focal point at the intersection of Texas and Alameda Avenues. The poles are staggered up and down the mountain for the distance of 459 feet; starting at the mountain top, and run down to a point about 200 feet above Scenic Drive.
From its lofty height, the Star may be seen from the east for 100 miles from the air and some 30 miles from the ground. Pilots are known to use the Star as an orientation point.
Since World War II the star has been lit each and every year; however some schedule changes were made. During the energy crisis in the 70's the schedule was reduced. In 1980 the Star remained lit for 444 days (until January 21, 1981) during the Iran hostage crises. In 1990, during the Gulf War, the Star once again remained lit (until August 21, 1991) in support of Fort Bliss and all US troops stationed with Operation Desert Storm.
Through the efforts of the El Paso Chamber and support from private citizens, businesses and community organizations, The Star on the Mountain now shines bright each and every night at dusk. El Paso is proud of its new image of the " Star City " in the Lone Star State.
Star lighter announcements will be in the Sunday El Paso Times the week following your lighting, please note that the El Paso Times listing is done as a courtesy therefore, is not a guarantee. Please submit request at least 7 days in advance. Multiple lightings announcements may occur on the same day.November 19, 2018
The Star is being lit by Elvia Martinez and Rogelio’s Family in loving memory of Rogelio Martinez, Border Patrol Agent. Rogelio we love you and remember you forever, your mother
November 22, 2018
The Star is being lit by Suzanne Mancillas in loving memory of Belen (Lala)Mancillas. Grandma Lala good con fine Grandma Lala liked to say Your love a warm quilt
The Star is being lit by The Corral Family in loving memory of Jesus R. Corral. We love you dad! This is for all our loved ones we lost but not forgotten!
November 23, 2018
The Star is being lit by Rough Riders Motorcycle Club in loving memory of SFC William Shaft Martin. We give thanks to the Service and Brotherhood of William Shaft Martin who volunteered his free time from the Army to feeding El Paso’s hungry and underprivileged families. His contributions over the last few years ensured everyone had a Thanksgiving meal and Veterans at the Ambrosio Guillen Veterans Home were given comfort and respect when so few were given either. We love you Brother, we give thanks for the few years God allowed us to have before calling you home. Rest now.
November 24, 2018
The Star is being lit by Phil, Glenna, Lane, Weston, Allison, Gabby in loving memory of Tyler Francis. We will never forget you! You are always in our hearts
The Star is being lit by Sergio Martinez in loving memory of Rogelio Martinez. Dad, I love you and miss you!
November 29, 2018
The Star is being lit by El Pasoans Against the Death Penalty, In Honor of “Cities For Life, Cities Against the Death Penalty”. This is our 5th annual observance of the world-wide movement to abolish the death penalty. We gather to reflect on the need to promote a culture of nonviolence and restorative justice, while remembering victims of crime and persons executed in our name.
December 1, 2018
The Star is being lit by Rubi Gonzalez, In Honor of Joel Rodriguez. Happy 23 my love, you are my light in the darkness. Forever thankful for you.
December 4, 2018
The Star is being lit by Your loving cousins, In Loving Memory of Diane Duke Powell. Remembering our dear cousin on her birthday.
December 5, 2018
The Star is being lit by Mayla Mejia, In Honor of Alondra Noelle Aguayo. Alondrita, the star on the mountain is shining bright for you today. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday! May God Bless you always. Love, Mayela
December 15, 2018
The Star is being lit by Liz Torres, In Loving Memory of Nelda S. Williams. In Loving Memory of Nelda S. Williams.
The Star is being lit by Helen, Debbie and David, In Loving Memory of Andres R. Norte. In memory of Andres R. Norte on his 80th Birthday! Forever in our hearts.