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San Antonio, Texas: Muffler Man: The Chief (Gone)

Formerly called "Chief Straight Arrow," later simply known as "The Chief." Repainted and restored in 2017; The Chief had over 100 holes from bullets, buckshot, and arrows. Removed July 29, 2023.

Northwest side of town at loop 410. He is inside the loop and across the freeway from Landry's Seafood House. Going westbound, the exit to take is Evers Rd. and then make a U-turn. Eastbound, you would take the Rolling Ridge exit, and he is just ahead at McCombs' Used Cars at Manitou Dr.
Removed July 29, 2023.

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Muffler Man - Native American

The Muffler Man is along a very busy road. Best to view from across the highway.

[Roger Sleight, 12/31/2014]

Indian Muffler Man.

Muffler Man - Native American

Red McCombs' Muffler Man greets customers at a San Antonio car dealership.

[Leonard J. DeFrancisci, 09/05/2014]

Red McComb's Native American Muffler Man

The Native American Muffler Man is at the front of the Red McComb's Superior Hyundai dealership.

[Lauren Meyers, 06/03/2013]

This particular Muffler Man has stood in San Antonio since the 1960s, long before Hyundai dealerships came to this land.

Muffler Man - Native American

Years ago, the big Indian had a hand down at his side, fingers pointing to the ground and thumb extended out and away. Well, from the side, it looked was an excited Indian. The hand design has since been modified.

[Jane, 03/18/2012]

Muffler Man Indian.

Muffler Man - Native American

A bit of local lore about the Muff-Man in Native American dress at McCombs Used Car lot off NW Loop 410. My friend, recounting high school days (late '60s) of late-night mischief with buddies, would unload a round of arrows into the crotch of "Big Chief," drive-by style from the back of a junker pick-up.

I'm not sure about this detail, but I believe the prank might have been a pre-game ritual against football rivals (i.e.,Chiefs, Warriors, Indians etc.). I should say that he recounted the story with regret and embarrassment; his belated fondness and reverence for this enduring local landmark was easy to see ...

Up close can see that "Big Chief" has taken a lot of shots (arrow and otherwise) but is still standing as tall, strong and handsome as ever.

[Hans Hansen, 07/04/2006]

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