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Roanoke, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Roanoke Star

 
 
The Roanoke Star Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 17, 2008
1. The Roanoke Star Marker
Sits adjacent to the Star itself.
Inscription. World's largest man-made star. Erected in 1949 as a symbol of the progressive spirit of Roanoke, Star City of the South.

Height of steel structure - 100 ft.
Height of star - 88 1/2 ft.
Weight of star - 10,000 lbs.
Weight of steel structure - 60,000 lbs.
Weight of concrete base - 500,000 lbs.
Depth of base - 6 1/2 ft.
Length of neon tubing - 2,000 ft.
Current consumed - 17,500 watts
Height above sea level - 1,847 ft.
Height above city - 1,045 ft.
Visibility from the air - 60 miles
Several possible color combinations
Illuminated every night till 12.
 
Erected by Roanoke Merchants Association, Roanoke Chamber of Commerce.
 
Location. 37° 15.057′ N, 79° 55.948′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Prospect Road Southeast 0.7 miles north of Mill Mountain Parkway/J P Fishburn Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roanoke VA 24014, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Colonial Ford (approx. one mile away); Roanoke (approx. 1.2 miles away); Buzzard Rock Native American Settlement (approx.
The Roanoke Star atop Mill Mountain Park image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 18, 2008
2. The Roanoke Star atop Mill Mountain Park
1.3 miles away); Frederick J. Kimball Memorial Fountain (approx. 1.4 miles away); Roanoke City Market (approx. 1.5 miles away); Colonial National Bank Building (approx. 1.5 miles away); Roanoke Shops (approx. 1.6 miles away); Roanoke - A Railroad Town (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
More about this marker. The Roanoke Star sits at the summit of Mill Mountain Park. Parking area is located at the end of Prospect Road SE, past the Mill Mountain Zoo, approximately 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from where Prospect intersects with Mill Mountain Parkway / J P Fishburn Parkway.

The marker, like the Roanoke Star itself, overlooks the independent city of Roanoke. The view is spectacular.
 
Regarding The Roanoke Star. The Roanoke Star is a prominently visible landmark, even in the day, but especially at night. It is listed with the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is a Virginia Historic Landmark. It is also commonly known as the Mill Mountain Star.
 
Additional keywords.
The Roanoke Star at night image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 17, 2008
3. The Roanoke Star at night
Mill Mountain Park
 
Categories. 20th CenturyLandmarksMan-Made FeaturesScience & Medicine
 
View of downtown Roanoke at night, from Mill Mountain image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, November 17, 2008
4. View of downtown Roanoke at night, from Mill Mountain
"Star City" as seen from the star.
 
 
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