Brooklyn, Michigan: Muffler Man - Paul BunyanFormerly at Stagecoach Stop USA, in Michigan's Irish Hills, which closed in 2008. HIs double-sided ax is now brandished to encourage sporting goods shoppers.
Visitor Tips and News About Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan
In the middle of nowhere, but a really cool find. The Muffler Man is huge![Anthony B, 04/06/2013]
Paul Bunyan has moved from the Stage Coach Stop USA to Knutson's Sporting Goods in Brooklyn. He has a brand new paint job and looks beautiful! Near the Brooklyn Big Boy.[Knutson's Sporting Goods, 11/21/2011]
Tipster Greg let us know that the Irish Hills Paul Bunyan, holding a large double-sided ax, was up on eBay for sale. The auction closed today without a bid (minimum was $6,500). Watch for this one to be offered again.[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/25/2010]
Freshly painted Bunyan Statue at "Stagecoach Stop USA" in the Irish Hills on US12.[Mark Comstock, 02/18/2007]
The Paul Bunyan muffler man now stands in front of the parking lot for the Stagecoach Stop USA, where he is plainly visible from the road. He seems to have a fresh coat of paint and is in very good condition. I must confess, however, I've never seen a curved handle on a double-bit axe!
As for Stagecoach Stop USA itself, it's a perfect roadside attraction - campy yet fun at a reasonable price. The kids will enjoy the "train ride" (actually a farm tractor made to look like a train, pulling several open wagons) during which the engineer gets into a mock gunfight with a bandit. Adults may be more interested in the numerous antiques scattered throughout the various buildings. I was especially impressed by the surprising number of antique hand and power tools, single-cylinder gasoline engines, and live demonstration of an 1900's vintage saw mill.
There's also a recreated 1950's gas station, with an old Chevy police cruiser parked outside that has bullet holes in the trunk![Eugene H. Beach, Jr., 08/12/2006]