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.August 29, 2019
The Star is being lit by Clara Duncan-Adams. In honor of Angel Cabrales. Congratulations on your Art Exhibition. You are a Shining Star!
September 5, 2019
The Star is being lit by Jasmine Jackie and Valerie. In honor of Jordan Montanez. Happy 10th Birthday! We love & miss you every day. Forever in our hearts. Love, Mom, Shazzy & Duckie.
The Star is being lit by City Representative Henry Rivera. In honor of Eastwood Troopers. Good luck on your football game against Plano Senior High School.
September 14, 2019
The Star is being lit by Pepe, Liliana, & Daniela. In honor of Katya Fisher & Filiberto Guijarro. Congratulations on your Wedding! Wishing you all the blessings in the world! With all our love Pepe, Lili & Dani.
September 15, 2019
The Star is being lit by Lety Sanchez. In honor of our 22 angels in heaven. We are Resilient. We are Strong. We are El Paso. We stand Together. #elpaSOSTRONG
The Star is being lit by Dusty Phillips. In honor of victims of Gun violence. ElpaSOSTRONG.
September 21, 2019
The Star is being lit by Burges High School - Class of '74. In honor of our beloved Mustangs. "It's hard to forget someone who gave you so much to remember" You are forever in our hearts.
September 24, 2019
The Star is being lit by Vera, John and Gordon Dickerson. In honor of John Barton Dickerson Sr. Finding comfort knowing you are a child of god. We miss you deeply, you’re always in our hearts.
September 27, 2019
The Star is being lit by Sarah John. In honor of Narah Del Castillo. Mom, we love you and miss you more than words can say. Judy and Sarah.
September 28, 2019
The Star is being lit by Gabriel Garcia. In honor of Mayra Terres. Out of the millions, you are the one that shines brightest in my heart and soul. I love you.
The Star is being lit by Danielle Baeza. In honor of E.H. Baeza Jr. Remembering a man who was a son, brother, husband, friend but mostly important to me... a Dad.
October 1, 2019
The Star is being lit by Richard Fraser. In honor of Dagmar Fraser. In our hearts.
October 2, 2019
The Star is being lit by Fawn Shirley. In honor of Sgt. Russell Roy Shirley. Look at the stars, see how they shine for you! We love and miss you Russell Roy Shirley. Your family!
The Star is being lit by WTEP- College of Health Sciences. In honor of Mr. Salvador Balcorta. Congratulations! We are proud of you.
The Star is being lit by LTC Neubert. In honor of the German Air Force. In recognition of German Reunification. Wunderbar Together.
October 3, 2019
The Star is being lit by Rodrigo & Kristen Rincon. In honor of Ivanna Maria Saucedo. In loving memory of Ivanna Maria Saucedo & in honor of her family, an example of strength and grace.
October 4, 2019
The Star is being lit by Maria Magdalena Lopez y Familia. In honor of Francisco Lopez. Papa Kiko siempre viviras en nuestros corazones. Te queremos y extrañamos muchisimo! We love you!
The Star is being lit by The Family of Economy Cash & Carry. In honor of Paul N. Dipp. Congratulations Mr. Paul Dipp, on receiving the UTEP Golden Nugget Award as outstanding alumni.
October 5, 2019
The Star is being lit by the Pistella Family. In honor of Christian & Deborah Pistella. Congratulations! May your life together shine forever.
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