Star on the Mountain

Star on the Mountain

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May 18, 2024 – May 31, 2024 Starlighters

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

The star is being lit by Eloysa. In loving memory of Saul Rodriguez Acosta. Dad, Finally Living Life through Yours!

May 20, 2024

The star is being lit by the Morales Family. In loving memory of Sgt. Gerardo Morales. Happy Heavenly Birthday, we miss you!

May 20, 2024

The star is being lit by Ale Huerta. In honor of Alexa Denise Huerta Gonzalez. Brilla y vuela tan alto como las estrellas.

May 24, 2024

The star is being lit by John, Lisa and Deanna Williams. In loving memory of John L. Williams. Missing you. Loving you forever.

May 24, 2024

The star is being lit by Mom, Sister, and Brother. In loving memory of Dian Gonzalez. Your love continues to light our lives!

May 25, 2024

The star is being lit by The Gonzalez Family. In loving memory of Angela “Angel” Gonzalez. Happy Heavenly Birthday from your family.

May 25, 2024

The star is being lit by Mando & Annie. In loving memory of “BLUBOY” HERRERA. R.I.P. BEAUTIFUL BABY LOVE & MISS YOU ALWAYS.

May 25, 2024

The star is being lit by Diana, Ariana and Diana. In honor of Gustavo Martell. Happy 60th birthday! We love you.

May 26, 2024

The star is being lit by the City of El Paso Veteran and Military Affairs. In honor of Servicemembers who lost their lives defending our Country. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

May 27, 2024

The star is being lit by El Paso in Austin Network. In loving memory of Julian Alves, son of Cynthia Corral. To the brightest star, Julian Alves!

May 28, 2024

The star is being lit in honor of the U.S. Border Patrol.

May 28, 2024

The star is being lit by Clint ISD. In honor of Clint ISD Graduating Class of 2024. Congrats to the CECA and CHS Graduates.

May 28, 2024

The star is being lit by the Lechuga & Mendoza family. In honor of Martha Mendoza. Happy 70th Birthday! We love you!

May 31, 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.

Donate to the Star on the Mountain

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

The Star will go Green on May 28th in honor of U.S. Border Patrol.

The Star will go Pink on June 8th in loving memory of Eva S. Castillo.

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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.