Birmingham, Alabama: Stan the Muffler Man
Large fiberglass statue has occupied key vantage points around Birmingham over the years. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
1998 report on a repair job to restore a fiberglass landmark to B'ham's skyline. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/21/1998]
Visitor Tips and News About Stan the Muffler Man
I grew up around the Birmingham area. I have watched "Stan" move around over the years. I remember him being on the corner for years and even holding a transmission, as well as a few other items over the years. He definitely hasn't limited himself to mufflers. I can recall him wearing a Santa hat and I believe a beard once -- he could hold one mighty big toy bag.
I have tried several times to snap a picture of him but since he is on the passenger site on the lanes closes to him, it is a little tricky when driving to get a clear shot. I finally had one turn out and wanted to share it to show you he is alive and doing well - he may have had some concrete surgery but is in fine shape. There aren't any great places to pull off and pose with him but you can find a parking lot or two that you could jog down from to get a little closer. He can't been seen from the interstate but if you are passing thru Birmingham on Interstate 59/20 on the east side of town (toward Atlanta) it would be a quick trip to see him and get back on track - no more than 15 minutes if the light catches you both ways.[Kathy, 10/28/2008]
Stan is back at his post on HWY 79/Tallapoosa St (near the airport). He is now prominently displayed (I guess that term might be somewhat redundant in describing a Muffler Man) in front of a tire business, easily seen from the highway.[JR Slawson, 05/04/2007]
When I was little back in the 70's, Stan used to stand at the corner of 3rd Avenue South and 24th Street at a car repair shop. The building still stands and has now been converted into a church, but you can still see the street corner where he stood for several years.He stood there for a long time with one of his feet broken after being run over by a car. I don't remember whether they fixed his foot there, but when it was placed on the business by I-65, it had been fixed.[Shane, 06/14/2005]