AmericaJR’s Jason Rzucidlo recently visited the community of Baker, California during a trip from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. Baker’s economy is based primarily on tourism. The town is frequently used as a stop for food and fuel by drivers on Interstate 15 between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Baker is approximately 90 miles (144.8 km) southwest of Las Vegas. It is the last town for those traveling on SR 127 north to Death Valley National Park or south to the Mojave National Preserve. The town’s most prominent feature is a 134-foot (41 m) thermometer, dubbed “the world’s tallest thermometer“. Its height commemorates the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth, 134 °F (56.7 °C), in nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913. The thermometer was featured on the television show Strange Inheritance season 1 episode 13 on the Fox Business Network.
Baker, California is approximately 90 miles southwest of Las Vegas. Use exits 246 or 246 along Interstate 15 to access the community. It is the last town for those traveling on SR 127 north to Death Valley National Park or south to the Mojave National Preserve.