Baker Is Heating Up a Longtime Landmark

Photo by Barbara Herron

Photo by Barbara Herron

The World’s Tallest Thermometer is ready to rise again. The 134-foot-tall structure in Baker, California, was turned off in 2012 after years of disrepair, but the roadside icon is scheduled to be relit at 3 p.m. July 10, with the adjacent gift shop also reopening that day.

The date is significant in that it’s the 101st anniversary of the 134-degree day in nearby Death Valley, the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth, and also the inspiration for the thermometer’s height. The family of Willis Herron, who built the thermometer in 1991, reacquired the landmark in March.

A grand opening and dedication ceremony is planned for October. For more information, visit

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