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Baker, Nevada
Census-designated place
Post Office in Baker, Nevada
Post Office in Baker, Nevada
Baker is located in Nevada
Location within the state of Nevada
Coordinates: 39°00′48″N 114°07′22″W / 39.0132801°N 114.1227695°W / 39.0132801; -114.1227695
BAKER NEVADA Latitude and Longitude:

39°00′48″N 114°07′22″W / 39.0132801°N 114.1227695°W / 39.0132801; -114.1227695
CountryUnited States
State Nevada
County White Pine
 • Total0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Land0.9 sq mi (2.3 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation5,315 ft (1,620 m)
Population ( 2010)
 • Total68
 • Density77/sq mi (30/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 ( Pacific (PST))
 • Summer ( DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
FIPS code32-04100
GNIS feature ID855961 [1]

Baker is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in White Pine County, Nevada, United States. It is located 5 miles (8 km) east of the main entrance of Great Basin National Park at the junction of State Routes 487 and 488. The town is named after an early settler, George W. Baker. Its population at the 2010 census was 68. [2]


Public education is provided through the White Pine County School District. Baker K-12 school is the only school in Baker.

Commercial operations

Main Street (State Route 487) in Baker

Lodgings in the community include the Stargazer Inn, located at the center of town; the End of the Trail…er, Baker's original bed-and-fix-your-own-breakfast, located at the edge of town; and the Border Inn, located just east of town on the Utah/Nevada border.

Several artists reside in Baker, including Terry Marasco, Margaret Pense, [3] Bill and Kathy Rountree, [4] and "Doc" Sherman. [5]

Prominent citizens

Prominent people from Baker include Calvin Quate, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford University who is famous for the invention of the atomic force microscope.

The town is also home to the School of Natural Order, [6] which follows the teachings of Vitvan. The Long Now Foundation has purchased land located about 13 miles (21 km) southwest of Baker and just west of the National Park as a possible site for the Clock of the Long Now, a timepiece designed to operate with minimum human intervention for ten millennia. [7]

In popular culture

In January 1997, Late Show with David Letterman produced a segment on the town, [5] with the show's Biff Henderson touring the area and ending his narrative on Baker with the quote, "It's quiet, peaceful, beautiful and the people are friendly."

See also


  1. ^ "Baker". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  2. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Baker CDP, Nevada". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Horsehair Art". End of the Trail…er. Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  4. ^ "Welcome to SilverJack IronWorks". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  5. ^ a b "Baker Is Famous For Being Funny…". Great Basin Business & Tourism Council. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  6. ^ "The School of Natural Order". Archived from the original on 20 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-09.
  7. ^ "The Long Now Foundation". Archived from the original on May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2011-06-09.