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Albuquerque, New Mexico: Muffler Man: Lumberjack Mutant

Known to its owners as "Lumberjack" and to the local Cuban population as "Fidel." Stands high atop a Vietnamese restaurant. His arms and ax were blown off in a 2013 windstorm, and reattached in 2019.

May Cafe

Louisiana Blvd SE, Albuquerque, NM
May Cafe. Just south of Central Ave./Route 66 on the west side of Louisiana Blvd SE.
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Muffler Man

The lumberjack mutant Muffler Man of Albuquerque finally has his arms and ax back. They were blown off in a late 2013 windstorm, but saved by his current owners, the May Cafe, which finally amassed enough money to have its bearded mascot restored and repainted in June 2019. The lumberjack is a mutant, one-of-a-kind copy of a real Muffler Man, dating to 1974. He originally stood over the Shofner Lumber Company, but when the May Cafe, a Vietnamese restaurant, bought the property in 1992, they wisely kept the lumberjack. He had to be repaired standing in place atop his 20-foot-high pole, which added to the cost, as there were fears that were he taken down, modern Albuquerque sign codes would not allow him to be put back up.

[ Team, 06/11/2019]


Muffler Man - Bunyan Mutant

Best seen by pulling into the fast food place next to the May Cafe. Sketchy neighborhood for sure!

[Cherry Shore, 11/17/2018]


Armless Bunyan

The mutant Muffler Man is still armless, but not giving up. He protects this place with just a look -- and, of course, his ability to stand above everyone else.

[cindy mcginnis, 06/10/2017]

Wind storm damage in 2014

Muffler Man - Bunyan Mutant

After talking to the owner of the May Cafe, I found out that Paul Bunyan lost his arms about two months ago in a very bad wind. I don't know where the arms and ax are right now, but he sure needs fixing. Who will fix the big man?

[Danny Hoodak, 04/17/2014]

It will be difficult finding someone who can repair this unique statue. One story is that it was originally a chef, remade into a lumberjack when the original woodsman burned up in 1974.


Muffler Man - Bunyan Mutant

This Bunyan Mutant seems content to stand over a Vietnamese food cafe. Perhaps another satisfied customer.

[Leonard J. DeFrancisci, 07/09/2013]

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