A muffler man is a fiberglass giant. He stands so tall at 18 to 25 feet that I can easily fit underneath his legs. His arms are bent in front of him: left palm down, right palm up making it easy for him to hold a muffler…or an ax, a flag, a rocket, a hot dog. Popularized in the 60s and 70s by International Fiberglass these roadside attractions were built to be just that: ways to attract customers to businesses.
In 1965 a muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois at a hot dog and burger restaurant named Bunyon’s.
In 2003 the restaurant closed but the legacy of the hot-dog wielding giant lives on. “Tall Paul” was restored and relocated to Route 66 park in Atlanta, Illinois where he still stands proud today.
Site: Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog
Location: Arch Street, Atlanta, Illinois
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007