Today marks the 101st anniversary of the hottest day ever recorded on earth – a whopping 134 degrees. That temperature was recorded in Death Valley on July 10, 1913.
In 1991, Willis Heron constructed a 134-foot tall (height is a nod to the highest temperature ever recorded) thermometer in hopes of attracting tourists to Baker, California. Eventually Heron sold the San Bernardino County icon to a new owner who ended up turning the lights off in 2009 due to the inability to pay the $8,000 monthly electric bill.
Today, the lights will be switched on once again beckoning weary travelers to stop and relax in Baker before continuing on their journey.
Learn more about the thermometer on KPCC.