Mecca, California: Bearded Cowboy Muffler Man

Decapitated since 2001, missing since 2007, reappeared (with his head) in 2014.

El Tompa Mini Mart

Address:
93243 California 111, Mecca, CA
Directions:
El Tompa Mini Mart. 3.5 mi. south of Mecca along Hwy 111/Grapefruit Hwy., just south of Grant St.
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Muffler Man. Muffler Man

The Mecca Muffler Man lives! He has been restored. The head is back on and he is freshly painted. In front of El Tompa Mini Mart. This is the site of Poor Richard's Mini Mart [his former location], but moved from the side of the building to the front of the building.

[S Winston, 07/20/2014]

The Mecca Muffler Man had been without a head since 2001, and he vanished completely in 2007. We're glad that he's back.

Headless Muffler Man. Muffler Man

The Muffler Man in Mecca is gone. The people there don't speak English and they have no idea where it went.

[S. Winston, 07/02/2007]

Here's a 2003 view sent by Steve Campbell of the Muffler Man in his headless heyday.

Muffler Man

Sadly, this muffler man is no more. I travel this route several times a year, and remember him when he had a head. I think he had been there since the late '60s.

[Tom Andersen, 02/05/2007]
Headless Muffler Man. Headless Muffler Man

This headless muffler man is at a convenience store ("Poor Richards"). We stopped to take a picture of his still-standing, yet decapitated body and I wondered - what happened to the head? My question was answered when I saw the head laying on the ground behind a fence near the body. And still smiling, I might add.

[Julie Peasley, 01/22/2004]
Headless M-Man. Decapitated Muffler Man

I snapped shortly after sighting on Hwy 111 in CA, near Palm Springs.

[Chris Testa, 02/24/2001]

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