A little post-Model T era, but probably still saw T's coming through from time-to-time.
My Grandfather was a truck mechanic who often had to go to Baker to rescue a broken down truck. There is a big thermometer alongside the highway in Baker that can often read well over 100 degrees in the summer. He used to say that Baker was only a screen-door away from Hell.
Jeff and Burger,
See my addition to Burger's other post about the Big Blue in Baker.
My great-grandfather started Baker in the early 20's. My uncle built the 134 ft thermometer next to Failing's Bun Boy restaurant to commemorate the world's highest "recorded" temp of 134 degrees in Death Valley (just down the road from Baker on Hwy 127). Charles Brown came to town much later after my great-grandfather EB Failing and Dad Fairbanks had built up the town. If I remember correctly (and that's a stretch!), Charles Brown married one of Dad Fairbanks daughters and got elected to the state senate (and was responsible for getting I-15 built next to Baker with on/off ramps! Got to love those politicians.
I remember an August evening in Baker with the big thermometer reading 113º at 8 PM.
and more recent http://www.placesthatwere.com/2016/02/gateway-to-death-valley-broken-dreams.html
I remember three summers in Helmand Province where it was
over 130º before 0900 every day between June and October.
But nights cooled off to a balmy 115º or so.
Yeah that thermometer is still there on top of the Bun Boy restaurant, seen it many times.
Very cool pic the station and cars are timeless. Tim
Alien Beef Jerky
My how things have " progressed"
The first time I was through Baker was in 1949. My mother and sister had flown to Salt Lake City and I had been in summer camp Fox at Catalina Island. When I got back from camp my dad and I left to go to Salt Lake. We got to Baker about midnight and it was 100 degrees in September. We went on and dad got tired so we pulled over and parked and slept. The car was a 1948 Nash which could be converted into a bed! We woke up about 5:30 AM and the desert water bag was frozen! The place we stopped was around Mountain Pass which is around 4,000' elevation. What a difference in temperature!
Back when I was an OTR truck driver, the thing I remember most about traveling between San Bernardino and Las Vegas on I-15 was at the rest stops there would be caution signs to warn you not to go beyond that point because of rattle snakes. I also like the signs that told you to turn off your ac, which I often did even turning on my heater, just so the engine would not over heat. Burger, I also remember how those long multi-engine trains would serpentine there way up those long grades.