Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota

Here’s another Mr. Bendo Muffler Man — this one outside of Buck’s Muffler in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Sorry for the horrible quality of these photos, but it was late and I was in a rush after convincing my traveling companion to just let me make one more stop.

Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota
Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota

This muffler man has been around since 1963 and, sometimes, dresses up like Elvis, much to the delight of his friends and neighbors!

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Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota
Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota

In some sad sad news, Mr. Bendo was involved in a drunk driving accident on St. Patrick’s Day 2010. In March a suspected drunk driver had a hit and run-in with the 15-foot muffler man damaging his legs greatly.

For more info on this South Dakota roadside attraction you can like Mr. Bendo on Facebook or join the Save Mr. Bendo! Facebook group.

Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota
Sioux Falls Mr. Bendo Muffler Man in South Dakota

UPDATE: Since the St. Patrick’s day drunk driving accident, Mr. Bendo has been fixed up and is back on display. You can even visit his large broken foot cast in the office — figned by all his friends and visitors. Unfortunately, this muffler man may be moved again, or be gone for good, soon. The owner of Buck’s Muffler is selling his building. Hopefully, if he finds a buyer, the new owner will take on and take care of this roadside giant. He’s been through enough trauma already — he doesn’t need to have to move from his home too!

Site: Mr. Bendo Muffler Man
Location: Buck’s Muffler, 400 South Cliff Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: (Hopefully only) temporarily removed for repairs. Otherwise, he’s displayed outside, so always visible.
Date: August 30, 2008

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Mr. Bendo Muffler Man, a roadside attraction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After a drunk driving accident, he's back on display outside Buck's Muffler. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a summer family road trip through South Dakota and add "see a muffler man" to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.
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Mr. Bendo Muffler Man, a roadside attraction in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After a drunk driving accident, he’s back on display outside Buck’s Muffler. Visit this weird roadside attraction on a summer family road trip through South Dakota and add “see a muffler man” to your travel itinerary and bucket lists.

On a South Dakota road trip? Stop for gas at Sinclair and check out the Sinclair Oil Dinosaur! Also look for the USS South Dakota Battleship Memorial and Cosmos Mystery Area in Rapid City.

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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.