May 24, 1991 |
Just how hot can it get in this blistering East Mojave Desert community? Perhaps by late summer, a 134-foot-high thermometer will be able to tell you. San Bernardino County planning commissioners Thursday approved construction of what is likely to be the world's tallest temperature gauge just off Interstate 15 on the road to Las Vegas. Expected to cost $600,000, the thermometer is the brainchild of longtime Baker businessman Willis Herron.
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December 24, 2012 |
BAKER - The temperature hit 114 degrees in July, but most folks passing by the "World's Tallest Thermometer" in this Mojave Desert pit stop never knew it. Once a shimmering beacon of light to Las Vegas-bound drivers heading up Interstate 15 with fat wallets and paper-thin dreams, Baker's 13-story thermometer marks California's last-stop oasis of bathrooms and burger joints before the Nevada state line. Now it's an eyesore. The pinkish roadside oddity has been on the blink for years.
December 2, 1991 |
"Thank God no one was hurt," said Willis Herron when he saw the jumbled mess of metal and shattered glass, the remains of his 13-story, $750,000 thermometer that crashed to the ground in a windstorm here. When the giant thermometer swayed back and forth in gusts of 70 m.p.h. and suddenly snapped 20 feet above its base Wednesday, the hopes of this Mojave Desert town--a rest stop on the busy Los Angeles-to-Las Vegas interstate--were dashed as well.
November 29, 1991 |
As swirling gusts whipped the flames of several brush fires, residents throughout Southern California were buffeted by high winds on Thanksgiving day. The skies were sunny and the temperatures a mild 60 to 70 degrees, but gusts as high as 70 m.p.h. battered trees and set off burglar alarms. The winds downed power lines, causing brief power outages. Blowing dirt and debris in canyons and over passes obscured visibility along some roadways, leading to one fatality in Riverside County.
May 10, 1988 |
Many people thought that Howard Anderson had "one wheel in the sand" when he proposed launching an FM radio station to serve the Mojave Desert. After all, there were more jack rabbits and rattlesnakes than people in that desolate sun-parched portion of San Bernardino County. But Anderson had his sights on the 40 million motorists who each year travel the interstate highways linking the Los Angeles metropolitan area with Las Vegas and a host of Colorado River communities.
March 8, 1987 |
It is an unlikely prize, a hole in the ground where clothing, plastic gloves and medical supplies contaminated by low-level radioactivity can be buried for generations. But a battle is brewing in the Mojave Desert over which of three dry lake basins will be selected as California's low-level nuclear waste dump. And the stakes for the communities near the chosen site are high.