Paul Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia

This Paul Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia stands outside Affordable and Dependable Auto Service, LLC (Formerly Glen’s Transmission and Auto Repair, Williamson Road Service Center).

When I saw this roadside attraction on a Virginia road trip in 2010 he was sporting a thick black beard and wearing a red shirt, tan pants, and black boots. In his right hand he held out a tire and in his left, a sign with the business’s address. Despite being a little worse for wear some paint chipping off his chiseled forehead, he was looking mighty handsome.

While this 20 to 25-foot tall Paul Bunyan lookalike is definitely a site to behold, he isn’t unique: he is a Muffler Man and has twins around the United States (like the Ace Hardware Muffler Man in Elkhart, Indiana, the shiny muffler man in Evergreen Park, Illinois, and the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois to name a few). His “Bunyan” style is also known as “Lumberjack” or “Woodsman” and is distinguished by wearing a heavy wool cap (hard to tell in these photos as his hat is painted the same color as his hair) and a thick beard. While Bunyans often wear red shirts and hold an ax between their hands, many don’t. This one doesn’t have an ax but his hands and arms are in a “typical” muffler man position (right palm up, left palm down, with arms bent at the elbow in front of them). (Curious to know more about what makes a muffler man a muffler man? Check out this guide from our friends at Roadside America.)

Rumor has it that this muffler man came to Roanoke in the 1940s when the namesake behind Dabney Tires went to an auto convention in Washington D.C., spotted this giant statue on display, and had to have it for himself. He brought it home with him and installed him in front of his shop. Though the owner eventually changed hands and the business’s name changed, the muffler man and Virginia roadside attraction still stands with no plans to move. Case in point: the shop has changed names and owners again since I last visited and the muffler man has gotten a makeover to remove chipped paint.

Visit this and other Roanoke WZ attractions (like the Giant Cast Iron Skillet) while in town.

Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia
Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia
Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia
Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia
Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia
Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia

Paul Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia

Location: Affordable and Dependable Auto Service, LLC, 3110 Williamson Rd, Roanoke, VA
Hours: Always Visible
Cost: Free to see


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This Bunyan Muffler Man in Roanoke, Virginia wears a red shirt and carries a tire. The roadside attraction stands outside Williamson Road Service Center. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a Virginia road trip and add it to your travel bucket list of places to visit in Virginia.

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!