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The Star

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1949, Roy C. Kinsey Sign Company. Mill Mountain
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)
  • (Photograph by Mark Mones)

In response to the city's postWorld War II recovery, the Roanoke Merchants Association and the Chamber of Commerce erected on Mill Mountain a ten-thousand-pound steel star on a one-hundred-foot steel tower overlooking the city, to proclaim Roanoke the “Star City of the South.” Visible for fifteen miles on land and sixty miles from the air, its two thousand feet of neon tubing are a bright light shining on the skyline.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "The Star", [Roanoke, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 422-422.

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