Bache, Oklahoma: Muffler Man - Bunyan

Moved to Bache in 2019 after storage in Cheshire, Connecticut for more than a decade. From 1964 to 2001 he was "Big John" and stood in St. George, Utah.
US Hwy 270, Bache, OK
East of McAlester on the side of US Hwy 270 east. Location approximate.
Sept. 2019: Moved to Oklahoma.
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Bunyan during transportation to new home.

Paul Bunyan

St. George Paul has left Connecticut and is in Oklahoma.

[scott griffeth, 10/22/2019]

"Big John" stood in St. George, Utah, until 2001. Since 2008 he'd been flat on his back in Connecticut. A crowdfunding campaign raised money to bring him back to the Beehive State, apparently with a pit stop for burgers in Oklahoma.

Muffler Man in storage.

House of Doors Muffler Man No. 2

I initially found Muffler Man No. 2 in 2017, still lying in the grass behind the building, but this year he was missing! Turns out they've taken him from the grass and put him on a trailer on the far side of the House of Doors. Is he gonna be restored?

[Kayti Mcmyermick, 07/25/2018]

Bunyan waiting for restoration.

House of Doors: Muffler Man No. 2

I stopped to see the Bunyan at the House of Doors yesterday and, just on a lark, I went in to ask about the "other" Muffler Man reportedly purchased by the owner for his other store. A sales rep took me outside to see the Muffler Man awaiting repairs, and a zoning variance, to be installed at the other House of Doors location in Salem, CT.

This guy needs some TLC ASAP. It was a rare find, a Muffler Man flat on his back, waiting for his moment in the sun. I felt like I got a backstage pass!

[Dean Acquaviva, 04/07/2016]

This specimen has traveled thousands of miles; reported in our database in St. George, Utah; then moved to Billings and then Bridger, Montana. House of Doors bought him circa 2008 with the intention of placing him at their Salem location, but it appears that New England weather has not been kind. [Thanks to Joel Baker for pointing out the connective tissue in our sightings!]

Muffler Man.

Muffler Man - Vague Recollections

Photo of the St. George Muffler Man I took back in September of 1987, when he was holding a rifle. I think it was a sporting goods store then.

[GreggW, 06/27/2009]
Muffler Man Moved to Connecticut

[We checked in with Owen Johnson on the fate of the Bridger/Billings M-Man:] The Paul Bunyan Muffler Man that I had last in Billings was sold and moved to Connecticut. The gentleman that I sold it to owns The House of Doors and is opening another store and wanted it because he has one at his other location in Conn. It was moved in the fall of 2008.

I still have the complete A&W burger family but no more muffler men.

[Owen Johnson, 01/30/2009]

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