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.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.
January 27, 2020
The Star is being lit by Price Stanley's friends and family. In honor of Price Stanley. Happy Birthday Price! Our memories of you will always shine as bright as this star! We love you!
The Star is being lit by The El Paso County Family. In honor of Robert Bobby Andrew Phoenix. His light shines bright and may it carry you through. All our love and support.
January 29, 2020
The Star is being lit by Your loving son and Family. In honor of Jose Luis Banuelos. Today is your day we will never forget to celebrate you. May the star shine as bright as your light.
January 31, 2020
The Star is being lit by Bernice. In honor of Joyce Ashley Canavan. Missing you always.
February 1, 2020
The Star is being lit by The El Paso Health. In honor of Martin Barba. In Loving Memory of Martin Barba.
February 2, 2020
The Star is being lit by Isabella, Rafa & Mariaelena Acosta. In honor of Kevin Bohls. We think about you every day! We will never forget you Cheche! Save a place for us in heaven.
February 3, 2020
The Star is being lit by Junior League of El Paso. In honor of Wayne Thornton. Thank you for all you have done for El Paso. You have had such a positive impact in our community..
February 4, 2020
The Star is being lit by Bobby Perel. In honor of Stephen Perel.
February 5, 2020
The Star is being lit by Anthony and Gloria Chavez. In honor of Anthony and Gloria Chavez. Anthony and Gloria. For our 20th year anniversary and many more to come. Loving each other always.
February 8, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Torres Family. In honor of Patricia and Enrique Torres. Congratulations on 45 years and counting! Love - Nessa & Jeff, Alex & Liz, and Bri, Josh, & Lucas.
February 12, 2020
The Star is being lit by Claudia and Ray. In honor of Annemarie & Bob Wilke. We think about both of you often, we see reminders and smile, yet are sad you are gone. Love always.
February 12, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Dipp Family. In honor of El Paso Saddleblanket. Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary!
February 12, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Almanza Family. In honor of Angelina "Eva" Almanza. Dear Mom - you left this earth 13 years ago, and we continue to love and miss you each day.
February 14, 2020
The Star is being lit by Ramon Dominguez. In honor Gloria Dominguez. Gloria you are the bright Star in my life.
February 19, 2020
The Star is being lit by Alexander Mietlinski. In honor of Christopher Steven Mietlinski. In loving memory of your birthday, may you continue to rest in place.
February 20, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Patti Family. In honor of Thomas Patti.
February 21, 2020
The Star is being lit by The Dickerson Family. In honor of Bart Dickerson. A Heavenly Birthday wish for Bart Dickerson, an amazing father, husband and friend. Our love always.
February 21, 2020
The Star is being lit by Michael, Jasmine, Jeremiah & Jacob. In honor of Chloe Cecilia Escandon. To our Beautiful Chloe, Happy Birthday! The stars shine for you! Love Mommy, Daddy and your brothers.
February 22, 2020
The Star is being lit by Rodriguez and Castro. In honor of Consuelo E. Rodriguez. With all our Love dear wife, sister daughter and on behalf of the family, countless friends.
February 23, 2020
The Star is being lit by Top Golf El Paso . In honor of Gen Gray. Happy Birthday Gen Gray from the Spartans! Thank you for always taking care of your El Paso Family.
February 28, 2020
The Star is being lit by Gabriela Hunter. In honor of Horacio Luna. We love you so much!! Today has been three years since you left. Always and forever with us.