Wilmington, Illinois: Gemini Giant - Space Age Muffler Man

A fiberglass giant, outfitted for space travel. He's guarded the Launching Pad Drive-In since 1965, when its owners bought him for $3,500. He was named in a contest by a Wilmington schoolgirl.

Launching Pad Drive-In

810 E. Baltimore St., Wilmington, IL
Launching Pad Drive-In. East edge of town, on the north side of Baltimore St./Hwy 53.
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Wilmington, Illinois - Gemini Giant Can Be Yours For A Giant Price
Gemini Giant - Muffler Man: One of the spaciest of all Muffler Men is for sale but it has a significant catch. [10/17/2012] Complete Story...

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The Gemini Giant and the Launching Pad Restaurant will be going to auction on April 8, 2016. This is a sad time for the people of Wilmington who hope so much for a miracle!

[Maria Plese, 03/04/2016]

Gemini Giant.

Gemini Giant

The Gemini Giant stands along Route 66 (down the road from the Polk-a-Dot restaurant). It is in the parking lot of the Launching Pad Diner, but the restaurant is now closed and for sale.

[Tansy Ridings, 06/20/2013]

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The Launching Pad

I read on your website that Mr. Steve Dashew might be interested in purchasing a Muffler Man for his back yard. I am driving Route 66 and just passed Wilmington, Illinois, where I sadly saw that The Launching Pad is for sale, so the Gemini Giant must be, too. The sign says to Contact John Moauro at 708-361-1150. I hope you can save him!

[Federico Pohls, 10/15/2012]

The Launching Pad closes off-season. Its owner has been trying to sell it since late 2010, but it still opens in the summer months. We spoke with John Moauro, who said that the Muffler Man will not be sold separately. The Gemini Giant will probably stay right where it is.

Gemini Giant

My parents and I visited the Gemini Giant and the Launching Pad restaurant. I saw no signs the Launching Pad and/or the Gemini Giant are still for sale. The Gemini Giant looks great. We noticed he had a power line running to him, which led us to believe some part of him must light up at night, which would certainly be neat to see.

The Launching Pad is currently selling Gemini Giant t-shirts. We had lunch at the Launching Pad, which was great and only cost about $12 for the three of us. If you stop to take pictures of the Gemini Giant, be sure to go inside, get a bite to eat and have a look around at the cool murals and tables.

[Carrie Bachman, 08/14/2011]

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