This Roadside Attraction
The Bunyon Giant, Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog, 103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723
A muffler man is a fiberglass giant on Route 66. 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. Due to that this giant man is known locally as “The Bunyon Giant.”
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: 103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007