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.
It 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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  • I was excited to see it and there it was! The Alien Fresh Jerky is right beside it so you can see it from the parking lot. Stop to see them both if you are driving by!  more »
  • When it used to be an actual thermometer it was cool. But it's just a digital light up tower. So nothing to see here folks, just move along. Baker is one of those places that is not really a great...  more »
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  • Pretty Spectacular landmark. You probably wont stop by here but you will see it from the freeway. Its cool to visit when its super hot and the temp is super high. Most people just see it from a far. no fun in that. Come check it out on your way to Alien Jerky
  • I demand you stop by. Support the world’s tallest thermometer. Got some great service from Lydia today. Just noticed on my receipt it says, all proceeds go to keeping the thermometer running. Buy some water, a shirt, hat, commutative coin or one of the original numbered bulbs that was used to light the sign. Have fun!
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