Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog
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When you think of the word “Muffler Man” what do you think? Is it a guy who fixes your car? Or is it a person made from car mufflers? If you’re like me you think differently.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

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.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

In 1965 a muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois at a hot dog and burger restaurant named Bunyon’s.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

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.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

Site: Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog
Location: Arch Street, Atlanta, Illinois
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007

Val

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown near Berwyn's car kabob, her fascination to roadside attractions started early. Val is currently traveling the world and blogs about her life, food, and travels on her <a href="http://www.choosingfigs.com">personal website</a>.

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Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip.

About Silly America

Silly America is a roadside attractions blog designed to help travelers find unique stops for their next road trip. The website is a tribute to the great American road trip, devoted to all that is odd in America: roadside attractions, tourist traps, peculiar destinations, bizarre events, road food, fun festivals, and more! It’s a travel website and trip planner for those seeking an offbeat road trip. Read more.