Roadside attractions will be a new category added to the blog. I love my little road trips and you never know what you’ll discover along the way. The idea came to me when I stumbled upon a giant James Dean cut out along Hwy. 46. Click here for details. Today’s Flashback Friday showcases the World’s Tallest Thermometer located in Baker, CA. I stopped to take a pic of this interesting roadside attraction en route to Las Vegas last month. It’s not my first visit, but always fascinating to check out and see how hot it is in the desert. The thermometer is 134 feet tall and towers over the Mojave Desert. In addition, it’s been called the Gateway to Death Valley.
The height of the thermometer signifies the hottest temperature recorded in Death Valley of 134 degrees Fahrenheit on July 10, 1913. I visited Death Valley years ago and the hottest I experienced was 115 degrees. That’s a lot of heat!
The day I made my pitstop the temp was 109 degrees. Not much else of anything in that area except for a gift shop and a couple of places to grab a bite to eat.
If you’re ever on the 15 freeway, be sure to check it out!