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. There are approximately 30 streamers that are hooked onto guy wire cables forming the Star and are pulled into position.
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.December 14, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Wolfe Family. In honor of Jacob Wolfe Bernaldez. Another birthday in Heaven. We miss you every second since you left Earth. Mom, Baby Jake, Mamo, Papa.
December 20, 2019
The Star is being lit by Salgado. In honor of Carolina Sanchez. All these lights and you still shine the brightest. You make this feel like home. Happy birthday!
December 21, 2019
The Star is being lit by Alexis, Katie, D.J., Tia and Tio. In honor of Jaslynn Lopez. Happy Sweet 16th, Jazzy! We love you & hope you get what you wish for when you wish upon your star!
The Star is being lit by Crystal Aguirre & Family. In honor of Concepcion “Nani” Fernandez. Grandma we miss you everyday. Though you are not here with us, our guardian angel, you’ll always be.
December 22, 2019
The Star is being lit by L.W. Dove. In honor of T. Head. No beginning, No end... For Always.
December 24, 2019
The Star is being lit by HSB Friends. In honor of Krystal Escamilla. Let the STAR remind us of your spiritual presence.
December 24-25, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Flores Family. In honor of Gilberto Natividad Flores. "Have I Told Lately That I Love You"
The Star is being lit by The Molina Family. In honor of David Navar. Love & Appreciation to the Navar Family from the Molina Family.
December 25, 2019
The Star is being lit by Melissa, Justin and Zane. In honor of Mayra and Joe Pedregon. The star on the mountain shines bright for you tonight, you are a blessing in our lives! Love you...
December 26, 2019
The Star is being lit by David Almaguer. In honor of Hailey Gene. To the light that shined through the darkness and helped me come home!
The Star is being lit by Barbara Balderrama. In honor of Anastasia Valdiviezo. "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet in the ground." We love you so much.
December 27, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Schneiders. In honor of Stuart Kellogg. One year anniversary of the day we lost him.
December 28, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Robles-Sarinana Family. In honor of Matilde Robles. We think about you everyday! We just want you to know that we love and miss you very much!
January 2, 2020
The Star is being lit by Donna Molina. In honor of Joe Molina. Happy 60th Birthday Honey! The Light & Love of my LIFE!
January 8, 2020
The Star is being lit by Cathy and Aidah. In honor of LTC Daniel Artino. Congratulations on a successful battalion command, Aidah & I are so proud of all you've accomplished.
January 11, 2020
The Star is being lit by Adrian, Elena & Enrique Espar. In honor of Sophia Fantus & Diego Esparza. Congratulations Diego and Sophia! We love you both very much!
January 15, 2020
The Star is being lit by CBP-OFO-K-9 Units El Paso Sector. In honor of S.O.G. K9 Bulder #160553. "The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it" -Thucydides
January 15, 2020
The Star is being lit by Clara Duncan-Adams. In honor of Jacob Lawson Calderon. The Star will always be shining in your honor.
January 22, 2020
The Star is being lit by TFCU. In honor of April Crouse. CONGRATULATIONS APRIL CROUSE FOR BEING SELECTED AS THE TFCU 2019 FOURTH QUARTER SUPERSTAR!
January 24, 2020
The Star is being lit by James A. Nettleton. In honor of Marnie G. Crane & Liam B. Murphy. Marnie, You are a part of every breath I take, Liam is a part of you and I want all of you! Always!.
January 25, 2020
The Star is being lit by Francisco A. Olivares. In honor of Pamela Sanchez. That every time you see the Star on the Mountain, you are reminded about my love for you.
The Star is being lit by Leonor, Eduardo, Miguel & Natalia. In honor of Francisco Vasquez Sr. Dad/Grandpa two years without you now. We love and miss you so much. Keep watching over us.
January 26, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Family. In honor of Hector S. Hernandez. Dad its been 19 years since, we no longer have you with us. We miss you and love you always.