Helper, Utah: Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

"Big John" is a towering coal miner entirely covered in glossy black paint. Custom-made by International Fiberglass in 1964. A unique Muffler Man.

19 S. Main St., Helper, UT
On the east side of Hwy 244/S. Main St. just south of Janet St.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.

Muffler Man.

Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

At the base of Big Bad John the miner there's an info plaque about the statue's history. It was custom-made and painted coal black for the town, and installed in 1964.

[Rebaenrose, 07/24/2019]

Coal Miner Muffler Man.

Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

I have seen dozens of muffler men and this jumped to Top Five. The coal black shininess was pretty awesome. The town of Helper is a fun little spot of railroad and mining history --many old buildings and old neon. And Big John keeps watch over it all from the center of town.

[Sumoflam, 05/07/2018]

Muffler Man.

Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

The street in front of Big John was completely torn up, but construction workers were kind enough to stop work and assist our crossing in order to visit "The big guy," as they called him.

[Meg Zorn, 10/03/2016]

Black miner muffler man.

Muffler Man - Coal Black "Big John"

He's still there; all coal black and in excellent condition. He is still on Main St. but is in front of the Helper Library.

[Roger Sleight, 06/30/2008]

Coal Man.

Coal Black Muffler Man

Ever since I read about your collection of Muffler Man sightings in the October issue of the Smithsonian, I've wondered why you do not have a picture of the one in Helper, Utah, my father's home town.

Last weekend, while visiting my kids that attend BYU, made a trip to Helper to find "Big John". He was easy to find, thanks to your description of the location -- in front of the Civic Auditorium. I talked to a local lady, who confirmed that they call him "Big John". He is a proud symbol of the coal mining industry in the area. He is in remarkable condition.

The photo was taken the morning of November 3, 2000. The light would be better in the late afternoon.

[Duane Bryner, 11/09/2000]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Room of Mine DisastersRoom of Mine Disasters, Helper, UT - < 1 mi.
Prehistoric Museum - Home of AlPrehistoric Museum - Home of Al, Price, UT - 7 mi.
Museum of Creativity: Flying Saucer Folk ArtMuseum of Creativity: Flying Saucer Folk Art, Clawson, UT - 41 mi.
In the region:
Stuffed Polar Bears in Hearing Aid Store, Provo, UT - 57 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Utah Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Pickled Pioneer, Menlo, Washington (Feb 22-28, 2021)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Book Now