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.October 25 , 2019
The Star is being lit by Irvin HS Class of 1963. In honor of Uta Von Buttlar. May the bright lights of the El Paso star bring comfort to your family in Germany…
The Star is being lit by TFCU . In honor of Fernando Barron. Congratulations for being selected as the TFCU 2019 Third Quarter Superstar!
October 26 , 2019
The Star is being lit by Molina Daughters & Grandkids. In honor of Jesse Molina. We miss you every day. We remember you by the knowledge you shared, inside jokes and great music.
The Star is being lit by The El Paso Council of P.E.O. In honor of P.E.O. International. Congratulations on the International P.E.O. Sisterhood's 150th year. May we shine 150 more.
October 27 , 2019
The Star is being lit by The Del Toro Family. In honor of Angel Del Toro. Happy Birthday! We love & miss you every day. Forever in our hearts.
November 1, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Five Points Lions Club. In honor of Paul J. Dickerson. 04/11/1927 To 10/07/2019.
November 2 - November 3, 2019
The Star is being lit by Mae Zaragoza. In honor of Marcela L. Martinez. We love and miss you, Mamita. How we wish you were still here. You truly are the star of our lives.
November 4, 2019
The Star is being lit by Eddie Estrada. In honor of Irma Estrada. Your sons and daughters will always miss you.
November 8, 2019
The Star is being lit by Chris Holbach. In honor of Robin Park. You are the love of my life. You are all that matters. I will always love and cherish you. Marry me.
November 9, 2019
The Star is being lit by Phil, Glenna Gaddy & family. In honor of Jeannette Fenenbock. Mom, Grandma, Great Grandma, we love you and miss you everyday!
The Star is being lit by Adrian Carlos. In honor of Steve Irwin. I will love you until the end of time. You are my reason.
November 11, 2019
The Star is being lit by Denise, Monica and Nathan. In honor of Salvador Juarez. Happy Birthday Dad! We love and miss you every day. Love, Monica, Denise and Nathan.
The Star is being lit by the ADP Team. In honor of Fran Tarkenton. Fran, we are more than thankful for your visit to our city.
The Star is being lit by Chris C. In honor of Wendi R. Para una amiga muy, pero muy especial.
November 13, 2019
The Star is being lit by Nancy Martinez. In honor of Alfonso Martinez. It's been 10 years since you left, I still miss you so much.
November 15, 2019
The Star is being lit by Ronda Scrivner. In honor of Linda Houde. In loving memory of Linda.
The Star is being lit by Aliviane, Inc. In honor of El Paso DWI Drug Court. In honor of your 15th Anniversary serving El Paso's community.
November 16, 2019
The Star is being lit by Price's Friends & Family. In honor of Clinton Price Stanley. Price, you were a beautiful gift from God and we will miss your big smile & kind heart! We love you!
November 19, 2019
The Star is being lit by Carmen’s Family. In honor Carmen Torres Caplan. Mom your STAR is lit to show you the way home. Rest in peace. We Love You and will see you again.
November 21, 2019
The Star is being lit by US Pretrial Services. In honor of Rebecca Sahd. Thank you for always being a great and impartial leader and for making us all feel special. You are our shining Star.
The Star is being lit by Lourdes Eger. In honor of John Eger. I love you Joh. Happy Birthday!
November 23, 2019
The Star is being lit by Kaye S. Slovacek. In honor of Orval W. Story. Happy Birthday, Dad! He may be gone from sight but always in my heart…
November 24, 2019
The Star is being lit by Restorative Justice Ministry. In honor of EP Against Death Penalty. 6TH Annual gathering in El Paso committed to abolition of the death penalty and a more restorative form of justice.
The Star is being lit by Phil, Glenna Gaddy and Family. In honor of Tyler Francis. Thinking of Tyler on this day! Love you all so much!
November 24 - November 30, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Antcliff Family. In honor of Maryann Antcliff. Mom, know that you are not forgotten and that you are forever loved.
November 25, 2019
The Star is being lit by Jerry Lerma. In honor of Mary Lerma. “Looks like we made it,” Happy 25th!
The Star is being lit by Larry Simmons. In honor of Ms. Frances Pierson. Happiest of birthday wishes to the Star of our Family. Love, Heidi and Larry.
November 26, 2019
The Star is being lit by Mayor Dee Margo. In honor of Mr. & Mrs. Bencomo.
November 27, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Gutierrez Family. In honor of Maximo Titi Munoz. Happy 81st Birthday Titi! You were such a blessing to have in our lives, and we love you very much.
November 28, 2019
The Star is being lit by Coronado HS Family. In honor of Elodia Ester Escareno. May your heart find peace through the healing power of love as you begin a year of many firsts.
November 30, 2019
The Star is being lit by Pat Nugent. In honor of Ronald Nugent. For an amazing husband, father and grandfather. We love you.
December 1, 2019
The Star is being lit by Mayela Mejia. In honor of Cristina, Mario and Family. You and your beautiful family are like shining stars in my life! Love you, Mayela Mejia.
December 2, 2019
The Star is being lit by The Owens Family. In honor of Olivia Yañez-Owens. We miss you everyday. And today, on your birthday, we miss you even more.
December 5, 2019
The Star is being lit by Destination El Paso. In honor of Gabriel Ayub.If the world had more people like you. It would be a better place.
The Star is being lit by EP Executive Women Lions Club. In honor of Charter Members. We would like to honor the 11 charter members whose vision and work founded our club.