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Thermometer for sale, just $1.75M

At $8,000 a month to light, the giant thermometer in Baker, Calif., has been dark for some time. (File photo by The Associated Press)
At $8,000 a month to light, the giant thermometer in Baker, Calif., has been dark for some time. (File photo by The Associated Press)
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Saturday, January 05, 2013 12:01 am
BAKER, Calif. –There's a new thermometer on the market. But it's unlikely to fit under your tongue.The 134-foot landmark in Baker, Calif., billed as the world's largest thermometer, has been put up for sale. The asking price: $1.75 million.

The Los Angeles Times reports Thursday the price includes the now vacant gift shop at the base and four acres of land around it.

Erected in the sweltering city in 1991, the thermometer with nearly 5,000 light bulbs was intended as beacon for motorists headed to and from Las Vegas on Interstate 15.

But with light bills of about $8,000 a month, the current owners have kept it dark and residents have come to regard it as an eyesore.

Realtors at Coldwell Banker Commercial say two billboard companies have indicated interest.

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