Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios on 66 opened on Route 66 in 2018. The quirky souvenir shop is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma in a repurposed classic 1950’s PEMCO gas station. A year after opening the shop’s mascot, a space cowboy named Buck Atom, was brought to life in the most spectacular of ways: with a giant fiberglass Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man.
The star attraction at Buck Atom’s is the 21-foot tall space cowboy muffler man. Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road. But this one isn’t an original. This one was a brand new, custom-made, space cowboy that bridges the vintage charm of an original with a modern twist.
Nicknamed “Buck Atom,” this roadside attraction was created by fiberglass artist Mark Cline, the man behind such roadside attractions as Foamhenge and Dinosaur Kingdom II, along with other modern say muffler men like the one at Carl’s Ice Cream in Normal, Illinois.
Cline used a mold made from a 1960s cowboy muffler man that had previously been seen in Calgary, Alberta to create this one-of-a-kind roadside attraction. Buck stands tall, wearing red, blue, and silver along with a yellow cowboy hat. In his hands he holds a silver rocketship, designed by local artist Chris Wollard.
Dedicated on May 11, 2019, Buck quickly became a favorite muffler man among road trippers and a must-see Route 66 roadside attraction.
This muffler man isn’t always wearing a mask, but visit in October like I did and you might find him dressed up as Buckenstein and wearing a green Frankenstein mask for Halloween!
Interested in finding all the muffler men on Route 66? Also check out the Gemini Giant, Carl’s Ice Cream Muffler Man, Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog, the Atlanta Muffler Man head, the Lauterbach Giant, the Harley Davidson Muffler Man, Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Route 66 Food Truck Park Chef Muffler Man, the 2nd Amendment Cowboy, and the Muffler Men Mural.
Buck Atom Space Cowboy Muffler Man
Address: 1347 E 11th St, Tulsa, OK 74120
Hours: Always visible, store hours vary
Cost: Free to see