The big wooden star and the cross on the Potlatch Ridge outside of Juliaetta have given the Juliaetta inhabitants a bright spot around Christmas and Easter for about 50 years.
Juliaetta Mayor Dick Groseclose, the mayor of the city, was two years and served on the city council's previous 35, saying he makes sure to turn on the cross's lights about a week before Easter Sunday. The lights stay lit until a few days after Easter. The star next to it is lit a few weeks before Christmas and shortly after New Year the lights go out.
"The city dwellers, they are really looking forward to it," said Groseclose. "It's something that turned out to be a Juliaetta tradition."
The illuminated star and the cross can be seen from afar, but Juliaetta seems to have the best view.
Groseclose said Star and Cross were built together. He said about 1
The lights only glow when the sun is around the time of the two holidays, Groseyless said.
He said all he needed Turn on the power to activate the lights, and a daylight / night sensor on the woodwork will automatically turn on the light when the sun goes down and turn it off when the sun comes up.
"If it's not on, think it should be happening, well, they call me," said Groseclose. "How come that the star or the cross is not turned on yet, when will you do it?"
Lara Hadley, owner of the Juliaetta Bar, Bottoms Up on the Blackberry, said the star and the cross are beautiful from the paved Kendrick-Juliaetta Recreation Trail along the Potlatch River.
"I love watching," Hadley said. "It definitely makes you think of Easter."
Cassie Cannon, an employee at Colter's Creek Winery in Juliaetta, said the lit star and the cross distinguished Juliaetta from other cities.
"It really is a cool tradition, "Cannon said
Groseyless said he and about six others had been inspired to build the star and the cross after seeing in the late 1960s how beautifully a similar structure was near the" He said Clarkston's star and cross are still enlightened today.
Grosefose said that she had a cross in the late 1960s or early 1970s at its current Potlatch Ridge location built, but it blew two or three times. He said he built the star and cross himself, again, around 1976.
Since the structure is near the rim of a rocky cliff, Groseyless said he installed more frames and posts in the mid-1970s to make the structure firmer. Despite his best efforts, Groseclose said that the structure had been destroyed several times since, even during a storm five or six years ago, which rebuilt GrosseSlose.
The residents supported the reconstruction. Groseclose said the citizens donated enough money to buy the necessary supplies to rebuild the star and the cross.
The structure, which is located on private property, is seven miles and then a little less than half a mile from his Juliaetta home. Groseclose said he had changed the burned out bulbs and been doing other structural maintenance since the first intersection was built about 50 years ago. He does not plan to abandon the 50-year tradition in the foreseeable future.