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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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TripAdvisor
  • You know where you are when you see this thermometer. And it's got space for the temperature to be over 130 degrees! Not sure I really want to see that.  more »
  • world's largest thermometer!! it's always fun during summertime to glance at this giant thermometer while passing by Baker to see how HOT it is!! but stopping by the actual thermometer will give you m...  more »
  • Definitely weird. Its most interesting when it is really hot, like 110 or 115 or even 120.....that is until your brain registers just how hot it is and how ridiculous it is to be standing out in the b...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It's SO nice to see it working again! Love the back story!
  • Definitely something to see 1 time to say you have done it and heck you can drive by and not even have to get out of your car. A little run down, but hey, who isn't these days?
  • Ok it was 95 degrees when we stopped and wow! Can't wait to see it at the top 😅