I didn’t realize that Galt has one odd-beat attraction. Kim, a Galt resident, brought me here to see it. I was thrilled. Its history was built in 2010 by brothers, Paul and Bill Giddens. A 50-foot-tall thermometer next to the major highway 99, serving as an ideal billboard for the Giddens’ heating and air conditioning business as you see the picture above.
The brothers labored to make the thermometer “look real” built it to last. A feat of engineering wonder, now complete and operational, the thermometer has footings that are 13 feet deep, has a four-foot diameter cage reinforced mast that stands 50 feet tall and weighs 3,000 pounds. The round thermometer bulb at the bottom of the structure weighed in at a cool one ton, while the moving temperature line has 11,520+ individual L.E.D. light bulbs. The control center is a high-speed, micro-processor computer that was custom built with a high speed switching system that has over two miles of copper control wire and interconnecting components.
In addition to telling the temperature, a great icon for a heating and air conditioning company, the thermometer also includes sky cameras on Highway 99 for traffic, news updates, full weather station that reads rain totals, wind speed and temperature, and an FM broadcasting band for weather updates.