Bunyan Muffler Man.

Bunyan Muffler Man

Field review by the editors.

Lake Vanare, New York

Type: Bunyan (22 ft. tall)

Arm position: Standard, right arm missing

Accessories: Sign-saw and tree stump (to hide missing foot)

This Muffler Man has survived more abuse than most. In the 1970s, according to his former owners, he was shanghaied by hooligans who tossed him onto a lumber truck, drove to nearby Lake Luzerne, and threw him in.

The next day his head was visible sticking out of the water. During the kidnapping he lost his right arm, which may still lie at the bottom of the lake.

A big storm knocked Bunyan's head off in 2002. When his new owner set the head aside on the ground, someone stole it, then had the audacity to call and offer to buy the rest of the Muffler Man cheap because he had no head!

By 2010 Bunyan was barely visible in the woods, missing significant parts of his body. But in that same year new owners bought the property, cleared away the foliage, and by 2012 the Muffler Man had been repainted and re-headed. He now stands as he did 40 years ago, propped against a cut-off tree to hide his missing arm, holding a large cross-cut saw with his one remaining hand.

Swiss Trail Muffler Man.
Swiss Trail Muffler Man.

Also see: Lake George, Where Muffler Men Lurk

Bunyan Muffler Man

Mountain Air Campground

1265 Lake Ave., Lake Vanare, NY
Mountain Air Campground. I-87 exit 21. Hwy 9N south, five miles, west side of the road, at the entrance to the Mountain Air Campground, up in the trees.
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