The Carl’s Ice Cream Muffler Man in Normal, Illinois, is a 15-foot tall version of the classic muffler man roadside attraction made by International Fiberglass. But this one wasn’t made by International Fiberglass. It was made by Virginia fiberglass artist Mark Cline, of Enchanted Castle Studios. He’s the man behind such roadside attractions as Foamhenge, Dinosaur Kingdom II, and many of the modern muffler men that spring up at new locations around the US today. Using a modified mold he created this modified muffler man who is appropriately named “Carl.”
The “soda jerk” style muffler man stands outside of Carl’s Ice Cream Factory in Normal wearing a pair of crisp white pants, a red collared shirt with his name “embroidered” on the chest pocket, and a soda jerk hat. In one hand he holds up a plump cheeseburger and, in the other, a soft serve ice cream cone with a smiley face.
Whether you’re visiting nearby Illinois State University or driving Route 66 through Illinois stop into Carl’s for a burger, an ice cream cone, and a selfie with this impressive mascot. You can also visit the sister location in neighboring Bloomington to see a giant ice cream cone on a pole!
Carl’s Ice Cream Muffler Man
Address: 1700 W College Ave, Normal, IL
Cost: Free to See, Ice cream and burger costs vary
Hours: See the business’s official website for up-to-date hours and information