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.

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

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!