Indians wandering the parallel ridges of the Allegheny Mountains named their great valley, Shenandoah, "daughter of the stars." Here, nestled in this beautiful valley, is the progressive - spirited "Star City of the South" - Roanoke. And, visible from just about every part of this city is the splendidly illuminated, 100 foot-tall Roanoke Star. Erected: 1949. Height of Structure: 100 ft. Height of Star: 88.5 ft. Weight of Star: 10,000 lbs. Weight of Steel Structure: 60,000 lbs. Weight of Concrete Base: 500,000 lbs. Depth of Base: 6.5 ft. Visibility from Air: 60 miles Length of Neon Tubing: 2000 ft. Current Consumes: 17,500 watts Height Above Sea Level: 1,045 ft. Several possible color combinations, including Red, White and Blue on special occasions. The star is illuminated every night until midnight. Location: A 15 minute drive from downtown to Mill Mountain Park (off Jefferson St. to Walnut Ave.) or just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 120. Visit the star anytime to begin your Roanoke Valley tour with a spectacular view.