Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

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When you think of the word “Muffler Man” what do you think? Is it a guy who fixes your car? Or is it a person made from car mufflers? If you’re like me, you think differently, and think of something like this Muffler Man holding a hot dog in Atlanta, Illinois.

 Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois. A Paul Bunyan Statue on Route 66.

A muffler man is a giant fiberglass man often found on Route 66. He stands so tall at 18 to 25 feet that I can easily fit underneath his legs. His arms are bent in front of him: left palm down, right palm up making it easy for him to hold a muffler…or an ax, a flag, a rocket, a hot dog. Popularized in the 60s and 70s and made by International Fiberglass these roadside attractions were built to be just that: ways to attract customers to businesses.

Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois

In 1966 a muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois at a hot dog and burger restaurant named Bunyon’s hot dog stand. Due to that this giant hot dog muffler man (a modified Paul Bunyan statue) is known locally as “The Bunyon Giant.”

 Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois. A Paul Bunyan Statue on Route 66.

In 2002 the Cicero restaurant closed but the legacy of the hot-dog wielding giant mufflerman lives on. “Tall Paul” was restored and relocated to Route 66 park in Atlanta, Illinois where the Illinois roadside attraction still stands proud today across the street from Palms Grill Cafe with a view of the town’s smiley face water tower.

 Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog in Atlanta, Illinois. A Paul Bunyan Statue on Route 66.

This man holding hot dog isn’t the only muffler man on Route 66. Be sure to also check out the Gemini Giant in Wilmington, Illinois and the Lauterbach Tire Muffler Man in Springfield, Illinois.


Atlanta Muffler Man holding a Hot Dog

Location: 103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723 (see more Atlanta attractions here)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: July 15, 2007


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Photos of The Bunyon Giant - a 19-foot fiberglass Muffler Man holding a hot dog, a Paul Bunyan statue and Route 66 roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois. Visit this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip and add it to your travel bucket list for your Route 66 adventure this summer.
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Photos of The Bunyon Giant – a 19-foot fiberglass Muffler Man holding a hot dog, a Paul Bunyan statue and Route 66 roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois. Visit this weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip and add it to your travel bucket list for your Route 66 adventure this summer.
Val

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 over 300 roadside attractions across 31 states and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!

Val also blogs about her life, travels, and cats on her personal blog, Choosing Figs.

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