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Elmsford, New York - Muffler Man Paul Bunyan
The Elmsford Muffler Man remains. If nothing else, the change in gas prices on his sign over the years is interesting.[Lori Cartwright, 05/24/2013]
- N Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY
- On Saw Mill River Rd. just north of the exit ramp off of I-287 Exit 2. From the east, cross the Cross Tappan Zee Bridge, pay the toll, then immediately take the first exit (#9) onto US 119. At the bottom of the exit ramp, make a right at the light, then make a quick right at the gas stations onto White Plains Rd. Drive for a mile, pass the Eldorado Diner on the left. At the second light past the Eldorado, make a left, cross back under I-287 and the MM is on the left.
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour
- Lake Ozark, Missouri - Big Indian and Happy Half-Wit Drove through this crazy little lake town. Indian is still there, not looking too well-kept. Didn't see Halfwit. Maybe gone? [Bryan, 05/24/2013]
Sturgis, South Dakota - Muffler Man
There is a "biker" Muffler Man at the entrance of the Full Throttle Saloon just east of Sturgis, South Dakota.[SoCalGlide, 05/24/2013]
The beer-hoisting giant of Sturgis was so stunning that it inspired the creation of a second-generation saloon Muffler Man in Colorado Springs.
Dodge City, Kansas - Dennis Hopper's Muffler Men
The late Dennis Hopper was an artist as well as a movie star. For the first ten years of his life he lived in Dodge City, Kansas; his adult relationship with his birthplace was rocky.
So Dodge City isn't quite sure what to do with a gift bequeathed to it from the Dennis Hopper Art Trust: two Muffler Men customized by Hopper into "La Salsa Man" -- a caricatured Mexican -- and "Mobil Man" -- a gas station attendant. The county commission unanimously voted to put the statues in Dodge City's new expo center.
The city commission unanimously voted against it, but that's where they were unveiled on May 21, 2013. A letter from the administrator of the Dennis Hopper Art Trust describes the statues as, "large, impactful, and a defiant blend of Californian and Southwestern culture mixed with Hollywood grandeur."
They don't really fit with the expo center's usual displays of tractors and irrigation pumps, so Dodge City wants, eventually, to move them to an outdoor park near its Boot Hill Museum. But there could be problems with that as well; these unique Muffler Men are technically works of art by a famous person; La Salsa Man was once exhibited in Paris. Sticking them outdoors in Dodge City might not be in their best interests.
As Dodge City vice-mayor Brian Delzeit explained to us, "We get high winds, hail, ice, and snow. It will be interesting to see how the fellows stand up to our weather." Brian also mentioned that the Boot Hill Museum, years ago, had its own Muffler Man -- a cowboy named Big Matt -- but he's gone now.
Brian didn't go into details, but we know why the cowboy left town -- he was frequently decapitated by the Kansas wind.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 05/24/2013]
- Chincoteague, Virginia - Chincoteague Viking
Sorry to report that the Chincoteague Viking is no longer standing in the field opposite Capt'n Mr. Bob's Sea Treasures. The Viking is partially dismantled and laying in a heap at the rear of the property. Not sure if it was knocked down by a storm or if it was simply taken down.[Treetop Tom, 05/24/2013]
- 3376 Ridge Rd, Chincoteague, VA
- Hwy 175 onto Chincoteague Island, then turn south. After several blocks turn left onto Bunting Rd, then turn right onto Ridge Rd. Go 0.4 mi. to Viking on right, just north of Pony Swim Lane.
- May 2013: Reported down, in pieces.