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R.I.P. The Worlds Tallest Thermometer

By Chuckmonster on Thursday, 6th September 2012 11:27am
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If you drive to Vegas through Baker, California, you've probably noticed over the last year or so that the World's Tallest Thermometer has been on the fritz.

Known worldwide for projecting the current, usually sweltering temperature up the side of concrete tower 134 feet tall to motorists on Interstate 15, the World's Tallest Thermometer has fallen into a state of disrepair, its red "mercury" disabled, lightboards displaying gibberish and neon spines destroyed by vandals.

Even the markers which explained the provenance and story behind the iconic thermometer have been removed, by owners or theft.

The welcome station has been closed for some time.

We have received word via management of the neighboring Big Boy restaurant that the owners of the thermometer (the owners of the restaurant) have decided not to repair the device as it "doesn't make any money."



Comments & Discussion:


more like kick-it-over. These "world's biggest" things are hack and went the way of the dodo around 1981.

Boo! I drove from Vegas to LA and back one day because I wanted to wade into the Pacific Ocean and I stopped here on the way back. When I got back home, NOT ONE PERSON was impressed that I had seen and taken pictures of the World's Tallest Thermometer.

I remember this thing from my very first trip to Vegas, a quick weekend trip during a 2 week business stay in LA in '98. It was reading 122 as I passed and I thought I would roll down the window to see what that was like. I then decided it would be a great time to drive through death valley. It's no wonder I never win at gambling since I've used up all my luck doing stupid shit like that.

Have taken several photos of it after stopping for Alien Fresh Jerkey. Wil kind of miss it when it's gone. Maybe the VT posse should buy it, restore it and make it the Vegastripping World's tallest thermometer

Fuckin' corporate bastards

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