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September 15, 2014

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Landmark thermometer on L.A.-Las Vegas drive relit after renovation

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This Jan. 27, 2000, file photo shows visitors driving through the town of Baker, Calif., as the world’s tallest thermometer stands in the background.

BAKER, Calif. — A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert is once again a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

The roadside attraction off Interstate 15 in Baker was relit Thursday after a major renovation.

The July 10 date is significant: It was on the same day in 1913 that the hottest official temperature on Earth was recorded in Death Valley.

Willis Herron built the thermometer to a height of 134 feet to match that record.

Herron's widow, Barbara, says it made her sad to see the Baker landmark — billed as the "World's Largest Thermometer" — fall into disrepair in recent years.

Her family took it over again, aiming to make its 5,000 light bulbs glow once more — although they've now been replaced with energy-saving LEDs.

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