Hayward, California: Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan No. 2

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2020 National Ave., Hayward, CA
Outside Bell Plastics. From Clawiter, turn onto National Ave. and look for the big blue-and-orange warehouse on the left.
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The Paramount Bunyan.

Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan No. 2
A 20-ft. tall lumberjack from Paramount, CA became part of Bell Plastics' Big Men collection in November 2013. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [11/27/2013]

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Bunyan toppled onto fence.

Muffler Man tipped by high winds

Muffler Man - Paul Bunyan "Fix-It" -- High winds or too much to drink?

[Bruce Kennedy, 02/10/2020]

Top wind gusts in the region hit 87 mph. Paul Bunyan tipped backwards and damaged the fence, and that anchor was completely useless. But he never lost his grip on his mighty ax!

Here's your ax, Paul.

Muffler Man - Weaponized Bunyan

In the Bell Plastics yard, Bruce Kennedy doesn't generally leave Paul Bunyan's giant ax in his statue's hands -- he's concerned it's too tempting as a souvenir for after-hours interlopers (and expensive to replace). But for special occasions, the fiberglass double-bladed chopper comes out of the office, maneuvered into position from a scissors lift.

The as-yet-unnamed statue (Bruce is leaning towards the always classy "Paul Bunyan") stands in front of Big Mike, the original purchase that started Bruce on his Muffler Man and big statue acquisition craze.

Yesterday the American Giants video crew was interviewing Bruce for an upcoming episode on his cluster of Muffler Men.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 04/12/2014]

Santa statue.

Bunyan Muffler Man and Santa Arrive

Bell Plastics owner Bruce Kennedy reports he has two new giant figures in his business parking lot: a 12-ft. tall Santa Claus and a 20-ft. tall Paul Bunyan Muffler Man. He bought them from an owner in Paramount, CA, where they'd been in his family since their original purchase from International Fiberglass in the early 1960s. The Santa is one of three that had been together, but all have been sold.

Bruce acquired and restored two other fiberglass giants in the past year -- a cowboy and a Bunyan. Hayward is now California's most densely populated haven for Muffler Men. "Paul Bunyan" is as yet unnamed, though we're guessing we'll know soon enough the new identity of the guy joining Big Mike and Big Don.

[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 11/27/2013]

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