The World's Tallest Thermometer, Baker

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The World's Tallest Thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California, USA. It is an electric sign that commemorates the record 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) recorded in nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913.The sign weighs 76812lb and is held together by 125cuyd of concrete. It stands 134ft tall and is capable of displaying a maximum temperature of 134F, both of which are a reference to the temperature record.HistoryIt was built in 1991 by the Young Electric Sign Company of Salt Lake City, Utah for Willis Herron, a local Baker businessman who spent $700,000 to build the thermometer next to his Bun Boy restaurant. Its height -- 134 feet -- was in honor of the 134-degree record temperature set in nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913.Soon after its construction, 70-mph winds snapped the thermometer in half, and It was rebuilt. Two years later, severe gusts made the thermometer sway so much that its light bulbs popped out. Concrete was then poured inside the steel core to reinforce the monument.Herron sold the attraction and restaurant to another local businessman, Larry Dabour, who sold it in 2005. In September 2012, the owner at that time, Matt Pike, said that the power bill for its operation had reached $8,000 per month and that he turned it off due to the poor economy. In 2013, the thermometer and accompanying empty gift shop were listed for sale. The family of Willis Herron (who died in 2007) recovered ownership of the property in 2014 and stated their intention to make it operational again. The official re-lighting took place on July 10, 2014.
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  • This was a cute little shop with great books on gems and rocks. I also enjoyed the Native American readings as well. They had a very polite staff. Gabby was so nice and welcoming. Definitely a nice pi...  more »
  • Quick stop on way to Las Vegas. Fun thing to look at while grabbing some gas or food. Stopped and took a photo.  more »
  • It was reading 108F at 12:30pm - and we claimed the 2 caches - one with a bit of assistance from the helpful and friendly girl in the gift shop. Nice to see a world record breaker. Thanks roadsideamer...  more »
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  • The facilities were closed when we arrived around 930 pm, but the thermometer still lit up the night with a big "99" degrees when we stopped here.
  • It was 109 F when I was here and when I returned 3 days later it was 123 F. Hot! HOT! HOT!
  • All the people that live work here very down home but visiters need to be mor e polite
  • I don't think it ever reads below 99.... lol. So hot out here.
  • Good for a quick picture stop, but otherwise run down, kind of shabby area.

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