Muffler Men can be elusive. Check the Muffler Men Map for what we already have on your sighting.
Ralph Potter at Ralph's Muffler in Indianapolis owned three Mr. Bendo-style Muffler Men figures. He was only able to set up one because of local sign ordinance laws. The other two giants remained in storage until American Giants purchased them in 2012 and 2015 respectively. This one was sold to Stone's Last Resort in August 2016. It stands on a concrete platform at the entrance to the property.[Joel Baker, 03/06/2017]
Mr. Bendo (along with Buck's Muffler business) is for sale![kemp0138, 02/28/2017]
Jerry Wallenstein has put his muffler business and big statue on the market.
This Muffler Man has been refurbished and recently returned to Green Valley Equipment on Route 43. He now has a super high gloss paint job, with great detail -- including fingernail cuticles! It's good to have the Big Man back after a brief absence.[Peter A. Rogers, 02/25/2017]
Located in Viola, California at the Lassen Pines Christian Camp. It was moved from Redding, California some time in the early eighties. It used to stand in front of the Rite Spot restaurant that featured Paul Bunyan steaks and Paul Bunyan room. It later became known as the Paul Bunyan restaurant.
The boys and girls at the camp keep Paul Bunyan clean and freshly painted.[Blaine Spence, 02/25/2017]
Lassen Pines Christian Camp
- Brokeoff Meadows Rd, Viola, CA
- On the grounds of Lassen Pines Christian Camp. I-5 exit 678 or 678A in Redding. Drive west on Hwy 44 for 39 miles. When the road turns left, continue straight onto Brokeoff Meadows Rd. Drive a half-mile. After you pass on pond on the right, you'll see a small wooden sign for Fort Lassen. Park on the shoulder, and walk along a short dirt road with the pond on the right and an open field on the left. The Muffler Man stands on the far side of the field, up against the trees. Private property; please be respectful.
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- Worth a Detour
This original muffler man, created by local artist Mark Cline from Natural Bridge Virginia, stands 14 ft tall. He wears a red baseball hat and holds a baseball in one hand and a golf putter in the other.
We are currently holding a contest to name him, but the front runner name is "Homer." Homer will welcome you to Bedford if arriving from the south on 122, and invite you to play a round of mini golf or hit a few balls if arriving from the north on 122.
Bedford Mini Golf & Batting Zone has recently reopened after extensive renovations and under new ownership.[Christine Feldman, 02/22/2017]
Bedford Mini Golf
- 954 Burks Hill Rd, Bedford, VA
- From 460 take exit for Smith Mountain Lake, route 122 south aka Burks Hill Rd. The Mascot is on the right just past Liberty Lake Park.
- Fr 4-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 12-6 Seasonal (Call to verify)
- Golf fee varies.
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- Worth a Detour