Wilmington, Illinois: Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man

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810 E. Baltimore St., Wilmington, IL
East edge of town, on the north side of E. Baltimore St./Route 66.
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Gemini Giant.

Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man
Outfitted for short-sleeved space travel, this fiberglass giant has guarded the Launching Pad drive-in on Route 66 since 1965. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [05/05/2017]
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Gemini Giant at the Launching Pad

The Gemini Giant and Launching Pad Diner have had new owners -- Holly Barker and Tully Garrett -- for almost a year when we visited in September 2018. The couple is extremely nice, incredibly friendly, and has been working hard.

The former diner has been converted into a giant Route 66 / Gemini Giant / pop culture souvenir shop (Including autographed guitars and framed canceled checks signed by 1960s Hollywood stars). Outside is a food truck selling tacos and such, which you can bring inside to enjoy at a booth.

Behind the scenes we saw the hard work that they're putting into getting their kitchen back up and running, hopefully by Summer 2019.

[Mike Gassmann, 10/30/2018]

Gemini Giant.

Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man

The American Gemini Giant Statue is a retrofitted Muffler Man in a space helmet, holding a Launching Pad rocket. Route 66 signs, old and new, are displayed here.

[MeganE, 07/08/2018]

Gemini Giant.

Gemini Giant: Space Age Muffler Man

This Muffler Man seems a bit rough, the paint a bit cracked here and there, but other than that still in good shape! The restaurant (Launching Pad) is closed and for sale.

[Gin, 07/28/2017]

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