Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois
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Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

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Gemini Giant Muffler Man, 810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL 60481

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The Gemini Giant is a 28-foot tall muffler man who stands outside the Launching Pad restaurant in Wilmington, Illinois. In his hands he holds a giant 80-foot rocket. This space man is one of many muffler men spread throughout the United States.

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Burger and fries at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

 

Unfortunately, the Launching Pad closed down and went on sale in 2010. In 2016, the business went to auction but failed to sell because the reserve wasn’t met.

Today, the Launching Pad restaurant is closed down, but the space-age muffler man still stands and still draws crowds of road-trippers looking for roadside attractions. With the business closed, the fate of the big green man is still up in the air. So be sure to take a drive through Wilmington and stop for photos while you still can.

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Photos of the Gemini Giant in 2007:

Here are a few photos of the Gemini Giant and Launching Pad restaurant from my first trip there back on July 13, 2007…

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois

Gemini Giant Mural at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois
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Mini corn dogs, fries, and a shake at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois
Mini corn dogs, fries, and a shake

 

 

Site: Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad Restaurant
Location: 810 E Baltimore St, Wilmington, IL
Cost: Free to see. Lunch/dinner extra.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: April 9, 2010

 

Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois
Gemini Giant muffler man at the Launching Pad in Wilmington, Illinois
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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 to roadside attractions started early. Val blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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