In the spring of 1949, there was no star. Only a wish.

Months later, on a cold, windy Thanksgiving Eve, speeches were given, patriotic anthems sung and a switch was thrown. A burst of white phosphorescent light illuminated the top of Mill Mountain and forever changed the skyline of Roanoke.

The Mill Mountain Star was turned on for the very first time on Nov. 23, 1949. We look back on the 70 years of the star in the sky.

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