Muffler Man statues are without question one of our favorite Roadside America attractions. Built back in the early 1960's by boat builder Steve Dashew, the oversized fiberglass men were designed to serve as roadside promotions for businesses along the growing network of US Highways. The very first Muffler Man was made in 1962 and he was designed to look like Paul Bunyan holding an oversized axe. His purpose was to promote the Paul Bunyan Café located on Route 66 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Over the years, the Muffler Man was made into a wide array of figures to designed to promote a myriad of business and, as businesses were sold or closed, the statues would be relocated and/or dressed up as new characters to suit their need. Traveling across America, you will see muffler men look like Indians, Vikings, football players, chefs, cowboys, soldiers, pirates and even astronauts.
Here are 2 shots of the many Muffler Men we have found over the years and the first of which is the Lumber Jack Muffler Man in the Coronado Height Neighborhood of Tucson, AZ. Although he was not in Flagstaff, AZ, he does bear the resemblance of very first Muffler Man made and felt it appropriate to give him center stage.
I realize I already posted this one in the first post but, here's a shot the Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Restaurant in Willmington, IL. Probably one of the most iconic Muffler Man statues that I know of.