Star on the Mountain

You see it in aerial shots for TV shows, movies and commercials or in merchandise displaying El Paso pride, but most importantly you see it when you drive in the central area of the I-10: The Star on the Mountain has been a cherished landmark since its inception in the 1940s. Built by the El Paso Electric Company, what started off as a 50-foot illuminated tribute that was used on Christmas or in honor of those undergoing different wars expanded to 459-feet-by-278-feet, and in 1993, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce decided to keep it lit all year round. Ever noticed the star turn blue? In April, it’s to honor autism awareness, and most recently in May, to pay tribute to fallen police officers for National Police Week. elpaso.org.

 

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