Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas – Route 66 Muffler Man (GONE)

The Kansas section of Route 66 may be small, but it is packed with roadside attractions, old and new, at every turn. One of the newest attractions can be found soon after entering the state. Located on the original alignment of Kansas Route 66 you’ll find this modern version of a classic muffler man: Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas.

Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 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.

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While Frecs isn’t actually a true muffler man he was constructed to be an archetype of the classic roadside attraction. At 19-feet tall, this giant man is dressed as a miner complete with blue jean overalls, a helmet, boots, a pail, and a pickaxe.

Instead of the traditional fiberglass, this homemade “muffler man” was constructed out of pipe, canvas, chicken wire, and glue. In was made in 2019 after an idea by Renee Charles, president of the Kansas Historic Route 66 Association. She named the Route 66 attraction Frecs after her grandfather Milbern John Busick. He was an actual lead and zinc miner from the area whose nickname was Frecs, short for Freckles, after his red hair and freckles.

After checking out this Kansas muffler man be sure to drive a bit further down the road to find another Kansas Route 66 attraction: Cars on the Route (a location that partially inspired the Disney Pixar movie Cars). And if you’re looking for some traditional Muffler Men on Route 66, visit the Gemini Giant, Buck Atom, and the muffler man holding a hot dog.

Unfortunately, in March 2022 an accidental fire destroyed this Route 66 attraction. There are hopes to rebuild.

Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man
Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas - Route 66 Muffler Man

Frecs the Miner – Kansas Muffler Man

Address: 205 Front St, Galena, Kansas, 66739
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible

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The Kansas section of Route 66 may be small, but it is packed with roadside attractions. One of the newest attractions can be found soon after entering the state. Located on the original alignment of Kansas Route 66 you'll find this modern version of a classic muffler man: Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #KansasRoute66 #Kansas #KansasRoadTrip #KansasRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip
The Kansas section of Route 66 may be small, but it is packed with roadside attractions. One of the newest attractions can be found soon after entering the state. Located on the original alignment of Kansas Route 66 you'll find this modern version of a classic muffler man: Frecs the Miner in Galena, Kansas.  #RoadTrips #RoadTripStop  #Route66 #Route66RoadTrip #KansasRoute66 #Kansas #KansasRoadTrip #KansasRoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttractions #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAmerica #RoadTrip

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.