Photo: Paint This Desert
Chuckle if you want, the "World's Tallest Thermometer" has a fan base. It was re-lit last week and went to grab some photos. LaRae Harguess, daughter of Therometer creator, Willis Herron, was there, which led to a nice little story at KCET. In part I wrote:
"The 134-foot heat gauge began to be neglected and grew a reputation of giving the wrong temperature, or not give one at all. The lights went out when the last owner wasn't able to afford it. But people were still taking photos next to the tower, said Harguess, as her mother saw one day when visiting the tower. "Mom was devastated how terrible it looked. One day she walked up to people taking photos and said 'I promise you if we ever get it back, it will go back on.'"
ABOVE: Detail of new mural by D*Face at the Plaza Hotel.