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.

Griffeth Hot Rods

229 Old US Highway 270 W, Bache, OK
East of McAlester on the side of US Hwy 270 east. Location approximate.
Sept. 2019: Moved to Oklahoma. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Alien with mask.

Muffler Man - Bunyan

In addition to the Muffler Man there are other attractions to see outside of Griffeth Hot Rods -- such as a Sinclair dinosaur, a couple of antique cars, and a gun-toting alien greeter at the entrance.

[Lauri Gregory, 06/12/2020]

Sounds like our kind of place.

Paul Bunyan Muffler Man.

Paul Bunyan

I'm the owner, Scott Griffeth. Paul Bunyan now stands at Griffeth Hot Rods in Bache.

[Scott Griffeth, 03/12/2020]

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!]

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