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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.
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Coal Black Muffler Man.

Big John: Coal Black Muffler Man

Really cute town.

[K-lee, 04/26/2021]

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]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Room of Mine DisastersRoom of Mine Disasters, Helper, UT - < 1 mi.
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In the region:
Petroliana Collection and Airplanes, Provo, UT - 60 mi.

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