The star is being lit by UTEP College of Liberal Arts. In honor of UTEP Liberal Arts Spring 2022 Graduates. CONGRATULATIONS LIBERAL ARTS GRADUATES!
The star is being lit by University Medical Center. In honor of EMS First Responders. In honor of all Heroic EMS Responders.
The star is being lit by family and friends. In honor of Texas Tech OB/GYN Graduating Class 2022. Congratulations Doctors.
The star is being lit by tu familia. In loving memory of Alfonso Martinez. Te extranamos y te amamos mucho!
The star is being lit by 2-77AR Soldiers and Families. In honor of Sarah Soyka. Thank you for your dedication!
The star is being lit by WBAMC staff. In honor of WBAMC. For your unwavering support & dedication.
The star is being lit by the newly married couple. In honor of Adrian Ochoa & Adriana Candelaria-Ochoa. To new beginnings under the El Paso star.
The star is being lit by Matthew Horton. In honor of Kyndle HOrton. Outstanding mom and better soldier <3
The star is being lit by Bernard Fowler II. In honor of Jeanneth Lopez and Bernard Fowler. LOVE TO THE FARTHEST STAR AND BACK.
The star is being lit by Rep. Henry Rivera. In honor of YWLA Class of 2022. In recognition for being the inaugural graduating class of the Young Women’s Leadership Academy. Congratulations!
The star is being lit by Liana & Andrew Rayon. In honor of Rene Rayon. Grandpa, your new adventure awaits! XO
The star is being lit by UTEP College Liberal Arts. In honor of Estella Estrada. For 27 years of exceptional service!
The star is being lit by Clint ISD. In honor of CISD Graduating class of 2022. Congrats to Clint HS and CECA Graduates.
The star is being lit by Clint ISD. In honor of Clint ISD Graduating class of 2022. Congrats MVHS & Horizon HS Graduates.
The star is being lit by EXIT 49. In honor of Fabens High School Class of 2022. Congratulations, Class of 2022!
The spouses of 4-1 FA lit the Star on Franklin Mountain on June 4, 2022 in honor of Mrs. E.B. Dean. Thank you for all of your dedication and sacrifices. We’re excited for you to light up 4-1.
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.Submit a Starlighter Request
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 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 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 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. 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.