Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois
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Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

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The Bunyon Giant, Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog, 103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723

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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 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.

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. Due to that this giant man is known locally as “The Bunyon Giant.”

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

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

 

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