THE YEAR OF THE BIGGEST AND THE BEST  - CALIFORNIA, USA

California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, home to 38 million people, and is the third largest state by area, after Alaska and Texas.

California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican State of Baja California to the south. It is home to eight of the nation's 50 most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland). The capital city is Sacramento.

 

 


The Biggest Thermometer

The world's tallest thermometer is a landmark located in Baker, California, USA.

It weighs 76,812 pounds and is held together by 125 cubic yards of concrete. It stands 134 feet tall and it is capable of displaying a maximum temperature of 134, both of which are a reference to the temperature record set in nearby Death Valley on July 10, 1913.


The Largest Hammer

Pierson Building Center, a locally-owned and operated home improvement center in Eureka, California, is home to the World’s Largest Hammer.

The hammer is a replica of a Vaughan claw hammer and stands 26 feet tall (30 feet overall including the concrete foundation). The octagon-shaped handle is made of real solid wood and is reinforced with a metal I-beam. The hammer's head was fabricated from 18-gauge brushed stainless steel and measures 10 feet, 3 inches in length. 



The Biggest Yo-Yo

The World's Largest Yo-Yo is located in the National Yo-Yo Museum in Chico, California. The museum itself is located in a store called The Bird in Hand. The giant wooden yo-yo measures 50 inches tall and weighs 256 pounds! 



The Biggest Donut

Randy's Donuts is a landmark building in Inglewood, California, near Los Angeles International Airport, where the world's largest donut sits on top of the building.


The donut is 32 1/2 foot in diameter.


The Biggest Paul Bunyan & Babe Blue OX

World's Largest Paul Bunyan & Babe Blue Ox, Klamath, California, USA

Paul Bunyan is a lumberjack figure in North American folklore and tradition. One of the most famous and popular North American folklore heroes, he is usually described as a giant as well as a lumberjack of unusual skill, and is often accompanied in stories by his animal companion, Babe the Blue Ox. The red-and-black "buffalo plaid" shirt he wears is actually a MacGregor tartan.

The Biggest Raisin Box

The world's largest raisin box - Kingsburg, California

The World's Largest Box of Raisins sits at the office entrance to Sun-Maid raisins, a little plant that’s been in its original location since it’s inception. At one time, it did actually hold raisins, but the box is now empty for obvious reasons. 

The creation of the box was a part of Dr. William E. Rice’s Marketing Block class at California State University – Fresno. In an interview with him, he told of the 1992 record, officially recognized in the Guinness Book of World Records. The Marketing Block class broke a total of 5 World Records, but stopped attempting records after the failure of the Worlds Largest Fruit Cocktail. 

After the creation of the World’s Largest Box of Raisins, the marketing class donated it to the Sun-Maid plant. 


The Biggest Mural

Salvation Mountain - Niland, California

Salvation Mountain must be seen to be fully appreciated as those who have made the journey will attest. Its 50 foot height and 150 foot breadth is made totally of local adobe clay and donated paint and is truly unique in the United States and probably the world. 

I don't know if this is the world's biggest mural, but it really made an impression on me.

The Biggest Desert Tortoise

The World's Largest Desert Tortoise is on the main street of Joshua Tree, California

Nobody really knows what, where, when or why.