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Bunyan Muffler Man outside the Skydome.
Bunyan Muffler Man outside the Skydome.

Lumberjack Muffler Man - Outside: World's First?

Field review by the editors.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Type: Bunyan (20 ft. tall)

Arm position: Standard

Accessories: Double-sided Ax

Two fiberglass Muffler Men tower on the grounds on Northern Arizona University. The pair of Paul Bunyans originally stood outside Flagstaff's Lumberjack Cafe, but were given to the University's Lumberjack Stadium in the late 1970s when the restaurant got new owners who renamed it Granny's Closet. They now stand at the J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. This Bunyan stands just outside the entrance to the stadium where the Lumberjacks play (the other is inside the Skydome).

The big guy was reportedly beheaded in February 2004, but he looks perfect now, lurking somewhat menacingly behind trees with his double-sided ax.

This particular statue may very well be the world's first Muffler Man, created by Bob Prewitt in 1962 for Flagstaff's Paul Bunyan Cafe (later renamed the Lumberjack Cafe when its owners learned that Paul Bunyan's name was copyrighted). With his shirt painted red, he was briefly seen in the 1960s counterculture film Easy Rider.

1967: The Lumberjack Cafe, Flagstaff.
1967: The Lumberjack Cafe, Flagstaff.

Lumberjack Muffler Man - Outside: World's First?

J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome

1701 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ
J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome. I-40 exit 195 onto I-17, then quick first right exit onto McConnell Drive. The Walkup Skydome will be on your right; the Muffler Man stands just outside the entrance.
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