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    Zzyzx Road

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 7, 2015

    I bet many of you have passed the this road coming and going to Las Vegas. I always wondered and finally made the time to head down this road. What is at the end is fanscinating. This area alone has such an extensive history.

    Before it was called The Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort, it was a place where Native Amercians, the Nomadic Chemehuevi people and the Agrarian Mohave Indians visited these springs during hunting, gathering, and trading trips through the area. Their travels created an Indian trade route across the desert. In 1776, Father Francisco Garces, guided by Mohave Indian traders, was the first European to enter this area. By the 1860s, the Indian footpath became a wagon road for freight and passengers service between San Bernardino, California, and Prescott, Arizona.

    Soda Springs grew to include the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad, an evaporative salt works, and a small religious colony by the early 1900s. The Zzyzx Mineral Springs and Health Resort opened in the mid-1940s, and remained in operation until 1974. Today the former resort houses California State University Desert Studies Center.

    You have to walk around the lake and take in the desert beauty. There are many wonderful historical structures that were part of the original resort are still being used by CSU students who come here to study the desert. There is also a small museum in Bldg (photo #4). We looked in the windows, so we tried the door and it was unlocked. We found the lite switched and enjoyed the displays. We signed in their visitor book and made sure we turned the lite switch off when we left. We made sure we closed the door securely too! They're restrooms which were very clean and are kept in great shape ("So keep them that way please!").

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    Country Store Mural

    by Yaqui Written Sep 7, 2015

    Located not far from the Tallest Thermometer is this interesting country store. It has some very unique items in the store, but for me is this mural on the side. It has all kinds of touristy pit stops from and to Las Vegas. I get a kick out of the pair of wings. I think if you stand inbetween you'll have a pair of wings at your disposal.

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    Temp 134 Gift Shop

    by Yaqui Updated Sep 7, 2015

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    UPDATE - The World's Tallest Thermometer has a gift shop solely for the purpose to make money that helps maintain the thermometer. The family of Willis Herron bought back the thermometer in 2014 and Barbara Herron used all her savings to bring it back to its glory! The family worked with YESCO sign company to fixing it back up and they did four months later on July 10, 2014 the 101st anniversary of the world's hottest day.

    They have a wonderful gift shop, covered patio tables to have a picnic and there is a little hidden oasis for the beloved pet who needs a drink and pit stop too!

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    Now that's big!!!

    by Yaqui Updated Jul 12, 2014

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    Update: This wonderful landmark has been recently restored with new 5,000 light bulbs..Yay!

    Baker has to have one of the most distinct must see sight seeing touristy attraction....TA..DA....."World's tallest thermometer”, measuring 134-foot (41m). Plus, its height commemorates the hottest temperature ever recorded in the United States, 134°F (56.6°C), measured in nearby Death Valley in 1913. Baker reached a temperature of 124°F (51.1°C) in the summer of 1980.

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    Marl Springs & Seventeenmile Point Plaques

    by Yaqui Written Feb 1, 2014

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    These plaques reads:
    Marl Springs was named in 1854 by Army Surveyor Lt. Amiel Whipple for the clay-like soil around the two waterholes. With the establishment of Fort Mojave in 1859, the Mojave (or Old Government) Road came into existence. Marl Springs became an important stop over being more than 30 miles eastward from the last dependable water Soda Springs (now Zzyzx). Though never abundant, the water here has always been reliable. In the fall of 1867 the springs were garrisoned by soldiers of Company K, 14th U.S. Infantry, who escorted supply trains and guarded the mail. On October 17, 1867, the post, manned by three soldiers, was attacked by a group of 20 to 30 Indians. The defenders held out through the night and the siege was lifted the next morning when a column of 150 soldiers appeared on the horizon. The outpost was abandoned in May, 1868. Marl Springs has been witness to sporadic mining and milling operations over the years and continues to serve local wildlife and cattle ranchers. Marl Springs is located approximately 25 miles east of here.

    Seventeenmile Point
    In 1859 the U.S. Army established Fort Mojave on the east bank of the Colorado north of Needles to guard the important river crossing at the Mojave Villages. The Mojave (or Old Government) Road came into being to link the fort with the Port of Los Angeles. Supplies, troops, and mail traveled over this route, with many heavy wagons traveling eastward. The portion from Soda Springs (now Zzyzx) to Marl Springs was approximately 35 miles, the longest waterless stretch on the trail. It also gained 3,000 feet in elevation over this distance, much of the way over deep, soft sand. This northern-most spur of Old Dad Mountain, midway between the two waterholes, was known as Seventeenmile Point. In an attempt to avoid the worst of the desert heat, heavily laden supply wagons would typically leave Soda Springs at night, make a dry camp nearby, and continue on the next day to the dependable water at Marl Springs. Seventeen mile point is located approximately twelve miles east of here.

    Plaque placed by Billy Holocomb Chapter of E Clampus Vitus in cooperation with the Baker Community Services District on October 10, 1993.

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    California Historical Marker #963

    by Yaqui Updated Jan 1, 2012

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    It reads: "The Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert. In 1826, American trapper Jedediah Smith used their paths and became the first non-Indian to reach the California coast overland from mid-America. The paths were worked into a military wagon road in 1859. This 'Mojave Road' remained a major link between Los Angeles and points east until a railway crossed the desert in 1885."

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    High temperature

    by Paisleypaul Written Oct 1, 2010

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    This is the tallest thermometer in the World. Probably needs to be because the desert is so hot, according to Spinal Tap logic..........!

    That is almost true in act - it is 134 feet or almost 41 Meteres high - that is about 14 storeys - to reflect the 134 F recorded at a spot in Death Valley. It is also calibrated up to 134F.

    134 feet tall thermometer
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    North Entrance Mojave National Preserve

    by Yaqui Written Jul 10, 2008

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    Mojave National Preserve is a 1.6 million acre park in the Mojave Desert. This is a Mecca for camping, hiking or to enjoy the pure beauty of the desert. You will see Pinyon-Juniper, Joshua Trees, Big Sagebrush, Cactus Yucca, Creosote Bush, Blackbrush scrubs, and Lava Fields. You can get more info in Barstow.

    Yet be warned, this can be some harsh land during the very hot summers months. Make sure you gas your vehicles up, have plenty of water for yourself, pets and your vehicle, proper clothing and maps. Know where you are at, at all times. There is a sign just outside of Baker near the entrance that states services are 76 miles away. So be prepared.

    From Baker to Kelso it’s about 34 miles and from Kelso to Interstate 40 its about 23 miles. From Interstate 40 going east to Fenner is about 30 miles and going west to Ludlow is about 30 miles.

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    The World's Tallest Thermometer.

    by johngayton Updated Jul 24, 2006

    It seems that in 1991 a local businessman who was part-owner of the local Bun Boy had this constructed as a landmark with the intention of getting more people to stop off here in Baker instead of merely passing through on the Interstate 15. Despite a few initial problems such as the thing falling over and more recently the decision to minimize the lighting to cut electric costs the thermometer seems to be up to its task.

    The thermometer was built 134 feet tall and able to record a maximum temperature of 134 F as a commemoration of the highest temperature ever recorded in the US at nearby Death Valley and at night it acts as a beacon to draw traffic from the main highway to the towns gas stations and fast food restaurants.

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    Worlds Tallest Thermometer

    by kfizyta Updated Jan 26, 2005

    Driving from Las Vegas on I-15 we stoped in Baker to see the world tallest thermometer. (For external use only).

    Nothing special but at least you can see how hot it is and grab a bite at the Del Taco.

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    World's Tallest Thermometer

    by TinKan Updated Dec 8, 2003

    Here you can find the world's tallest thermometer (I do not know if it really is) that displays the temperature all day and all night long. You can drive down the I-15 and tell exactly how hot it is.

    Below the thermometer is the Mojave Desert Information Center that is a place you should go and see to get information about the local area.

    World's Tallest Thermometer
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    Worlds tallest thermometer.

    by mafootje Updated Apr 18, 2003

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    Displays the current temperature in Baker. For us it was a landmark for a quick stop in Baker..

    And stepping out of the car made us really believe the displayed temperature.

    Picture taken summer 2000

    World's largest thermometer in Baker
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