Week 30 – #A4 Something Huge

The World’s Tallest Thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California.  It was built in 1991, when the owner of Bun Boy restaurant commissioned it for $700,000 to be placed next to his restaurant.  It is 134 feet tall, which was special in that it recognizes the record temperature of Death Valley, CA in 1913.  It is capable of recording temperatures up to that record temp of 134 F.
Shortly after it was built, winds of 70 mph snapped it in two.  It was rebuilt only to have high winds shake it so violently that the light bulbs popped out.  Concrete was then poured inside the structure to stabilize it.
It has been sold many times since then, and in 2012 the owner said it cost up to $8,000 a month to operate it, so it was turned off.  The family of one of the early owners bought the property with the intention of re-lighting it.  In July 2014, it was officially re-lit.
It is 3 sided, so it can be seen from many angles while driving on I-15 from southern California to Las Vegas, Nevada.   There is a gift shop at the base of it now.

This was my view of this historic landmark from our vehicle driving by on I-15.  I left the truck and the car in the image to give you a little perspective on the size of it.