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Muffler Men

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Roadside America: A tribe of titans, made of fiberglass and 14 to 25 feet tall, stands watch along the vibrant roadside landscape. They include exaggerated caricatures of lumberjacks, cowboys, and Indians, but the first statues we spotted held big car mufflers, so we named them "Muffler Men."

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Muffler Men Activity

CBS News reports on the grand opening of a museum exclusively devoted to roadside giants, in Atlanta, IL. [May 25, 2024]

Muffler Man of Metal (And Neon). The permanent Route 66 Experience exhibit at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield features a stylized sculptural tribute to the Muffler Men of the Mother Road. [May 10, 2024]

Wilmington, IL saves the Gemini Giant in buy-or-die auction frenzy. Purchased by the Joliet Area Historical Museum for a record-breaking $275,000, then whisked away to be reinstalled in town at another Rt. 66 location. [March 21, 2024]

CBS News "Sunday" chronicles fan enthusiasm for Muffler Men, history, tracking down statues, and the just opened American Giants Museum in Atlanta, IL. [August 27, 2023]

Map Pin Cluster.Identify. Identify!

Learn the types and characteristics of classics, hybrids, mutants -- their postures, their accessories, and their imitators. Hone your spotter skills!

Tracking Maps.Track!

Our specially configured Muffler Men Map reveals a happy continent of fiberglass giants. The original tracking chart lingers, full of our research and travelers' reports since we created the Muffler Men Home Page in 1996.


Where do these fiberglass giants come from? The molds fell from our eyes after we first interviewed Steve Dashew for the "Origin of the Species" (1999, updated 2023)

Right Hand Man: Historic details from sculptor Richard Ellis.

Secret Plot.Rants: Secret Plot of the Muffler Men

Friend or foe? Biding their time for over 60 years, their true intent and machinations are still hazy to the non-fiberglass populace.

Car parts vs. fiberglass.Variants, Related Roadside Giants, Competing Species

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