Special Report: What a Bright Idea

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) - If you grew up watching the El Paso Star, you may have noticed it’s grown up too. At its infancy, it was just 50 feet wide. Today the star and its nearly 500 bulbs, is longer than a football field.

El Paso Electric built the star on the Franklin Mountains in 1940. At one point, the star was a cross. The Star is lit every night for a few hours. The public is not allowed to visit it. In the past, hikers have climbed to the Star and broken or taken bulbs.

Vandals have done thousands of dollars worth of damage, especially in the last year. Now, the El Paso Police Department monitors the Star with a camera.

The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce is in charge of the star. If you would like to light it in someone’s honor, you can, for any occasion. It will cost fifty dollars. Just contact the Chamber for details.

The Star has changed colors in the past for different occasions. This requires crews to replace every bulb. It’s an expensive process, but the Chamber will do it for around ten thousand dollars.

The cost to light the Star is anywhere from three to five hundred dollars a month. The City of El Paso, or you the tax payer, covers that expense.


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