Skip to Main Content

The Home Giant.

The Home Giant: Big Friend (Gone)

Field review by the editors.

Pahrump, Nevada

October 2016: the American Giants guys loaded the badly damaged pieces of the giant into a truck and hauled him east to Illinois, for restoration. He won't be returning to Pahrump.

March 2016: After a scrap yard gutted the giant for metal, his remains ended up as an outdoor display at the Pahrump Valley Museum. Sprawled on the ground, it resembled a dead fairy tale character eaten by monster birds.

April 2013: After a hasty scrapping of The Home Giant as part of the demise of Sun Valley Homes, the statue survives at Pahrump Valley Disposal, under a tarp. The business is considering restoring him to use a sign, probably adopting a new identity (How about "Scrappy the Salvage Titan" ??). He sustained a caved-in chest and amputation of an arm and a hand.

Our report prior to his removal:

Our visit to Pahrump seeking a rare Texaco "Big Friend" reminded us how even large statues can be invisible to locals. A young woman at a convenience store only a mile from "The Home Giant" -- and on the same road -- swore up and down that in her whole life in Pahrump she had never seen a large statue of a man.

The Home Giant.

Two minutes later we were at the base of the big guy at Sun Valley Homes. He's not a standard Muffler Man, but a modified Big Friend (made by International Fiberglass in the 1960s). Owner Jack Stanton paid Young Electric Sign Co. $18,000 for this old Texaco Big Friend in 1981. He had him painted green, orange, and white -- Irish colors -- and completed the transformation with a Robin Hood-type feathered cap.

The statue is mounted on a sign above a couple of model pre-fab homes, and is used prominently in advertisements by the business.

In case you were wondering, Pahrump (puh-rump) means "water rock."

The Home Giant: Big Friend

Oct. 2016: Gone, moved east.
Roadside Videos
Valley Giant in the Scrap Yard

Valley Giant.

KPVM-TV reports on the Valley Homes Giant, rare Texaco "Big Friend" statue, dismantled, damaged and hauled away for scrap. He may yet be revived....Go to video

More Quirky Attractions in Nevada

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Nevada.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Nevada Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, Colorado (Apr 15-21, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings