Muffler Man: Bubba's Cowboy
Bossier City, Louisiana
Type: Cowboy (22 ft. tall)
Arm position: Standard
Accessories: Spurs, Rope Lasso
This Muffler Man, promoting Topps Trailer Sales, is high above the fray on a pole visible on the north side of I-20. And it's a good thing. He wears a pair of giant spurs that, at ground level, might de-grill SUVs or disembowel inattentive children.
He also brandishes a loop of rope, the better to lasso a prospective trailer customer. The hard sell days of his pistol and holster are apparently over.
The statue is otherwise a normal cowboy model, with his accessory stetson painted black.
Many cowboy model giants were built in the 1960s as part of an advertising campaign for Phillips 66 gas stations. When an East Texas Phillips 66 station went out of business in 1982, Bubba Reeves, owner of Topps Trailer Sales, bought the Muffler Man and gave him his current name. In an interview with the Shreveport Times in 2013, Bubba said he paid $300 for the cowboy, and that his head has been blown off at least once by a tornado.