Star on the Mountain

Star on the Mountain

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May 2, 2024 – May 19, 2024 Starlighters

The star is being lit by Individual. In loving memory of Robert Rolon. Thank you for everything Forever In Our Hearts.

May 2, 2024

The star is being lit by His Loving Family. In loving memory of Robert Segovia Sr. Happy Heavenly Birthday, love & miss you.

May 2, 2024

The star is being lit by Individual. In loving memory of Robert Rolon. Thank you for everything Forever In Our Hearts.

May 3, 2024

The star is being lit by Michael Van Dyke. In honor of Valerie Medina. Happy Birthday to the amazing Valerie!

May 6, 2024

The star is being lit by College of Liberal Arts. In honor of College of Liberal Arts Class 2024. Go beyond! Ve mas alla!

May 7, 2024

The star is being lit by Avance. In honor of AVANCE’s 50th Anniversary. In honor of AVANCE’s 50 year anniversary!

May 8, 2024

The star is being lit by Bea, Pat and Patrick Ivey. In loving memory of Micaela C. Guzman. Happy 93rd heavenly birthday Mother!      

May 8, 2024

The star is being lit by The Underserved Communities Foundation. In honor of UCF. In celebration of UCF Gran Fiesta 2024.

May 9, 2024

The star is being lit by IDEA MESA HILLS ACADEMY. In honor of Mayor, Oscar Leeser. Thank you for your amazing work!      

May 9, 2024

The star is being lit by Mier Family. In loving memory of Carmen Villarreal. In memory of Carmen Villarreal.

May 9, 2024

The star is being lit by Sanchez Unit Administration. In honor of Sanchez Unit Correctional Officers. Sanchez Unit Correctional Officers.

May 10, 2024

The star is being lit by Sarah John. In loving memory of Narah Del Castillo and Menira Mora. We miss you every day!  

May 12, 2024

The star is being lit by Sarah John. In loving memory of Zalla Bailey, Betty Attel, Kay John. Missing you!

May 12, 2024

The star is being lit by Burges Babes Luncheon Society. In honor of Anna Marie Tolland. For all your hard work and dedication.

May 15, 2024

The star is being lit by Love Always, Mom and Sis. In loving memory of Aristide John (AJ) Freddi. Remembering the day you went to heaven.

May 16, 2024

The star is being lit by Destination El Paso. In honor of Joe Gudenrath. In honor of your outstanding service.

May 16, 2024

The star is being lit by the El Paso Chamber. In honor of ADP. Congratulations on your 75th Anniversary!

May 16, 2024

The star is being lit by Gold Out El Paso. In loving memory of Gabriel Antonio Barron. DIPG Awareness-warriors & all affected.

May 17, 2024

The star is being lit by Norma Martinez & Family. In loving memory of Alfonso Martinez Sr. Apa Feliz Cumpleaños We Love You!!

May 18, 2024

The star is being lit by Mike and Gloria Bearce. In loving memory of Fernie Bermudez. Your 24th wedding anniversary with Perla  

May 18, 2024

The star is being lit by Collins & Solis families. In honor of Timothy Collins. Congratulations on your retirement!

May 19, 2024
Submit a Starlighter Request

If you’ve always wanted to light the Star on the Mountain in El Paso in honor of a loved one’s accomplishments or memory, submit a starlighter request. The cost is $50 for a lighting and certificate. Additional certificates may be purchased for $10. 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 and is not a guarantee. Please submit a request at least 7 days in advance. Multiple lightings announcements may occur on the same day.

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Star will go Orange in honor of National Work Zone Awareness Week on April 17th

Star will go Purple in loving memory of Rosalva Valenciana on April 20th

Star will go Green in honor of the U.S. Border Patrol on May 23rd

The Star will go Blue for the entire month of May in honor of El Paso Police Officers Association Eppd.

Submit a Starlighter Request

History of the
Star on the Mountain

The El Paso Electric Company built the first star on the south side of the Franklin Mountains 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 492 feet, the width reduced to 278 feet and 492 light bulbs were used. It was then that lighting the “Star on the Mountain” became an El Paso tradition during the 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 a 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. Despite some schedule changes, such as during the energy crisis in the ’70s, the star has been lit each and every year since World War II.

In 1980 the Star remained lit for 444 days (until January 21, 1981) during the Iran hostage crisis. In 1990, during the Gulf War, the Star once again remained lit (until August 21, 1991) in support of Fort Bliss and all U.S. 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.