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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 businessman who spent $700,000 to build the thermometer next to his Bun Boy restaurant. Soon after its completion, it was damaged by high winds and rebuilt. 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.LocationThe world's tallest thermometer is located at 72157 Baker Boulevard in Baker, California. It is visible from three different angles along Interstate 15 in Southern California's Mojave Desert. A gift shop at the base of the thermometer stands near a commemorative plaque that describes the history of the site.
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  • Very friendly staff with a very interesting history of Baker and the thermometer. It's a nice break when you're on the road everyone should check it out. But you have some pretty cool souvenirs. 
  • I love the Thermometer and look for it whenever we drive to or from California/Vegas. It was inactive for awhile but seems to be working now. Fun to see how HOT it is in the summer. 
  • Nice to see the thermometer in operation again. Was a nice 81 degrees today at noon, which you could see from both sides of the freeway. 
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