Mentone, California: Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan

Man's collection of statues in his back yard includes a large fiberglass Paul Bunyan, a giant rooster, Statue of Liberty head, bucking horse, and a plane.
Address:
Garnet Ave., Mentone, CA
Directions:
Garnet Avenue and Mill Creek Road.
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Private home. Visible from street.
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Muffler Man. Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan

This is by far the coolest yard art I have ever seen. Along with Paul Bunyan, this man has a giant rooster, the head of the Statue of Liberty, a bucking horse, and a plane -- all in his yard.

[Izzy Charm, 06/14/2006]
Chicken, Liberty's head.  Muffler Man - His pal, Liberty's Head

The muffler man and giant rooster at the house in Mentone have now been joined by an equally imposing Statue of Liberty head! The new addition appeared sometime in the last 18 months. I didn't attempt to contact the residents of the house where all these icons are displayed, so I don't have an inside scoop.

[Candace, 08/29/2001]

According to Sarah: "I live at the house where the Paul Bunyan is. My fiance's dad owns the property. My fiance received Paul for Christmas when he was three years old. Peter Van Horn, his dad, bought Paul from a gas station that was going out of business. He got him at a discount because one of the arms was missing. so he had to have one made from a mold that was taken from his other hand. That is why they are both facing downwards. There are a lot of different things on the property including a spaceship, a statue of liberty head, a huge chicken, and the airplane from the movie 1942. The airplane is on the roof of the back house. It has bullet holes and tar from when it landed in the tar pits in the movie."

Mentone Muffler Man. Muffler Man

I don't know how long this has been here but it has been there for around 10 years, maybe more. It's a little off the beaten path. Both hands are down but it looks like a lumberjack muffler man holding a big board. There are a lot of other odd things there, like a giant chicken on the roof, a horse, the head of the statue of liberty (Planet of the Apes prop?), space car, and other stuff in the backyard.

[S. Winston, 06/07/1999]

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