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Highway Giants - Muffler Men
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They're big. They're scary. And there are hundreds of them! Have you seen a Muffler Man during your travels? Did you get a picture of him? Do you know where one is? If you do this is the place to tell about it.
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Muffler men were developed in the 1960s by a Californian company called International Fiberglass, these types of muffler man tower at heights of 18 to 25 feet (roughly 5.48 to 7.62 meters).

International Fiberglass produced several different models of giant man statues.

They all used one basic mold; facial modification and the addition of new chests & hats allowed the company to offer Paul Bunyans, Country Bumpkins, (who look suspiciously like Alfred E. Neuman), Cowboys, & Indians; and of course, large repairmen holding gigantic mufflers.

The company had some minor competitors, but International Fiberglass was by far the most widely distributed. Currently, they are the most widely recognized and share a few common traits:

1) a creepy, emotionless stare.

2) arms by their sides with muscular forearms extended at 90 degree angles.

3) right palms facing up and left palms facing the ground.

This company produced thousands of muffler men between the years of 1962 and 1975; finally breaking the molds in 1976.

These Muffler Men have overcome storms, vandals, and changing local ordinances, many of the remaining statues stand alone, along roadways in the United States.

Over the decades these Muffler Men have developed into a dynamic form of art, as owners have modified and personalized their giants, creating new varieties in the forms of soldiers, spacemen, and questionable Mexicans.

This practice of personalizing a mass-market commodity has been viewed by some as a symbol of the human spirit and individuality co-opting and overcoming monoculture.

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The company also produced Phillips Petroleum Cowboys, Texaco Big Friends, & US Rubber Miss Uniroyals. They also did ENCO, Humble Tigers, and the Sinclair Dinosaurs. To Road-ologists, all of these statues are Muffler Men; including the Uniroyal Gals. But this Category will not accept Tigers or Dinosaurs.

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If you come across a Muffler Men in existence; take a picture and record the latitude/longitude of the location as a new waymark. This category is not just about entering coordinates, it's about the stories behind the Muffler Men. Please give as much detail as possible. Fill out the Variables to the best of your ability, and please describe the Muffler Men in great detail; including the hand positions & accessories. If the Muffler Man has been referenced in a book, website, television, radio program or other media, please include the reference with as much detail as possible.
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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenSalsa Muffler Man - Malibu, CA

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A muffler man in Malibu, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 2/13/2015

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenCaveman - Grants Pass, OR

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This giant caveman is 17-feet tall and stands in front of the Grants Pass Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and greets tourists and visitors of the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member thebeav69

location: Oregon

date approved: 1/7/2015

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenEthel's Old Corral Cafe Indian - Bakersfield, CA

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A muffler man in Bakersfield, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/1/2015

last visited: 4/14/2015

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenBunyan Muffler Man - Forrrestville, CA

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A muffler man in Forrestville, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/15/2014

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenPaul Bunyan No. 2 - Hayward, CA

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A new muffler man in Hayward.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/20/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenMuffler Man Cowboy - Hayward, CA

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A new Hayward Muffler Man.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 12/20/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenCharlie Lake Lumberjack - Charlie Lake, British Columbia

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This Mufflerman is located at Mile 62 on the Alaska Highway near Charlie Lake, British Columbia.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke

location: British Columbia, Canada

date approved: 9/25/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenPaul Bunyan - Lake George, NY

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This original Muffler Man version of Paul Bunyan is located just inside the fence of the Magic Forest Amusement Park in Lake George, NY.

posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1

location: New York

date approved: 9/20/2013

last visited: 2/22/2014

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenFort Rockvale Cowboy - Rockvale, Montana

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Located Along highway 212

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot

location: Montana

date approved: 7/30/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenLumberjack Muffler Man - Uniontown, PA

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A classically posed Lumberjack Muffer Man in front of an auto service center in Uniontown, PA

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 7/29/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenLivermore Muffler Man - Livermore, CA

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A muffler man along Hway 580.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 6/13/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenLouie the Lumberjack - NAU Campus - Flagstaff, AZ

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Located on the east side of the Walkup Skydome.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Lord Mot

location: Arizona

date approved: 6/13/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenPaul Bunyan Statue - Manistique, Michigan

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This Highway Giant is located at the Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce at 1000 West Lakeshore Drive, Manistique, MI

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Michigan

date approved: 4/20/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenComplete Auto Muffler Man - Tampa, FL

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This muffler man is located at The Original Muffler City Auto Repair shop at 2802 S. 50th St, Tampa, FL.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: Florida

date approved: 3/31/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenIndian Chief - Cherokee, NC

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This muffler man is located at Indian Ink Tattoo Studio 848 Paint Town Rd, Cherokee, NC.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougandSandra

location: North Carolina

date approved: 3/31/2013

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenThe Honkey Tonk Cowboy Muffler Man - Colorado Springs, CO

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Located along N. Acadamy Blvd stands this Cowboy Muffler Man. He adorns the corner next to the Copperhead Road Honkey Tonk Saloon.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1

location: Colorado

date approved: 3/17/2013

last visited: 3/17/2013

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenViking - Nauvoo-Colusa Junior High School - Nauvoo, IL, USA

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This muffler man dressed as a Viking stands out front of the Nauvoo-Colusa Junior High School, situated just east of the downtown area of Nauvoo, Illinois.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Chasing Blue Sky

location: Illinois

date approved: 2/12/2013

last visited: 4/24/2012

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenSoda Jerk - Hatch, NM

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A ten foot soda jerk holding an ice cream cone and hamburger in Hatch, NM.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Johnny_Quest

location: New Mexico

date approved: 1/3/2013

last visited: 6/3/2012

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenHerkermer - Ken's Muffler & Brake - Dallas, TX

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Half Wit, who goes by the name of "Herkermer," standing in front of Ken's Muffler & Brake, 4212 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil

location: Texas

date approved: 1/2/2013

last visited: 7/24/2014

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenThe Golden Galleon Pirate-Muffler Man - Ocean City, NJ

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On the beautiful boardwalk of Ocean City, NJ, between 11th and 12th Streets, there looms a sixty foot modified muffler man standing sentinel and hazard on this exceptional pirate-themed miniature golf course.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher

location: New Jersey

date approved: 12/8/2012

last visited: never

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenSteppin' Out Cowboy Muffler Man -- Wynnewood OK

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The muffler man at Steppin' Out outfitters, a very garish and eye-catching place at the junction of State Route 29 and the I-35 near Wynnewood OK

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 11/7/2012

last visited: 7/18/2013

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenSet 'Em Up Muffler Man, Sturgis, SD

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Large character serving a brewski outside the saloon.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NGComets

location: South Dakota

date approved: 9/18/2012

last visited: 7/23/2013

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenMuffler Man - Bunyan - Brooklyn - Michigan.

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Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan - Brooklyn - Michigan.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member veritas vita

location: Michigan

date approved: 6/3/2012

last visited: 6/7/2012

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Highway Giants -  Muffler MenLe géant antique - Ste-Anne de Sabrevois, Qc, Canada

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Le géant antique is located in Ste-Anne de Sabrevois, Qc, Canada.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tatie

location: Québec, Canada

date approved: 3/18/2012

last visited: 8/4/2014

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Highway Giants -  Muffler Men"The Fair Giant" - Crownsville MD

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Muffler man at Anne Arundel County Fairgrounds

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member vhasler

location: Maryland

date approved: 3/7/2012

last visited: 7/21/2013

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