Paul Bunyan Muffler Man at his Ozzie's job, before the park closed in 2007.
Paul Bunyan Muffler Man at his Ozzie's job, before the park closed in 2007.

Muffler Man - Bunyan

Field review by the editors.

Crystal Lake, Illinois

After a career as a theme park huckster, this Bunyan Muffler Man has apparently retired to a life of gardening.

Unlike most water theme parks, Ozzie Water Park offered a little diversity (both a Bunyan and an Indian Muffler Man!) -- but apparently not enough to keep it in business. The Bunyan there had been reported brandishing a double-head ax; he was unarmed during our visit in 2005. He stood in a confusing themed playland -- an old west "Blacksmith" shop facade on one side, and a series of basketball hoops set on garishly painted houses on the other.

Hoisting flower pots at the Greenhouse of Crystal Lake.
New job.

The Bunyan had no feet. In his right hand a small yellow ball was balanced. Approaching for a closer look, we failed to notice the giant wooden bucket on a platform to our left that had just completed filling to the brim with water.

In 2009, we heard that a Bunyan and an Indian had turned up in Crystal Lake, IL. The Bunyan had a significant paint/makeover. He stands on cinder blocks (still no feet), but that's our guy.

Also see: Muffler Man Indian

Muffler Man - Bunyan

The Greenhouse of Crystal Lake

4317 S. Hwy 31, Crystal Lake, IL
The Greenhouse of Crystal Lake. Northeast of town, on the west side of Hwy 31 about a mile north of Hwy 176.
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Muffler Man - IndianMuffler Man - Indian, Crystal Lake, IL - < 1 mi.
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Bear Den Zoo, Waterford, WI - 38 mi.

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