Uniroyal Gal in Mt. Vernon, Illinois
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Uniroyal Gal in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

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Uniroyal Gal, Stan the Tire Man, 1213 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon, IL

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The Swinging Sixties gave way to some of the most recognizable roadside attractions still in place today. Amongst those is the Uniroyal Gal, a giant fiberglass woman either donning a somewhat conservative skirt and top or a more provocative bikini. The statues stand (very) tall at 18 feet tall and weigh 230 pounds (though, really, you should never ask a gal her weight…). These fiberglass roadside attractions that are similar to Muffler Men were constructed in the 1960s by International Fiberglass for the Uniroyal Tire & Rubber Company.

Uniroyal Gals can still be found across the United States. One such stood at “Stan the Tire Man” in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. This was one of the more conservative giantesses with a blue skirt and red top and had stool at that location since the 1970s.

Unfortunately, the Uniroyal Gal was taken down in 2015 when the store closed and she no longer lives in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. But she still has a long, sunny, life ahead. Bruce Kennedy purchased this Uniroyal Gal and relocated her to Bell Plastics in Hayward, California.

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Uniroyal Gal, a Muffler Man-like roadside attraction in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Uniroyal Gal, a Muffler Man-like roadside attraction in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

Uniroyal Gal, a Muffler Man-like roadside attraction in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

 

Site: Uniroyal Gal
Location: Stan the Tire Man, 1213 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon, IL (currently located at 2020 National Ave, Hayward, CA 94545)
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always visible.
Date: May 2, 2009

 

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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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