Bradenton, Florida: Wagon Ho Wagon Master (Gone)

Location of a defunct Wagon Ho restaurant shaped like a covered wagon, the pioneer up on the buckboard was redeployed at an RV dealership, and then destroyed in a storm. The same style figure has been spotted elsewhere as a pioneer, prospector, and frontiersman.

Going south on US 41/Tamiami Trail through Bradenton, the cowboy was on the left a few blocks south of Cortez Rd.
Reported gone Jan 2009.

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Cowboy Muffler Man

We visited the former site of this cowboy-style M-man on US 41 S in Bradenton the afternoon of Dec. 21, 2008...He's GONE! Upon inquiring of an employee at the used car lot (part of a Dodge dealer's operation), we were informed that the fiberglass buckaroo had ridden off into the sunset, an apparent casualty of "a hurricane a couple of years ago. Some attempt was made to find someone willing to repair him, but to no avail, and he was subsequently discarded. So sad; when I lived in Bradenton in the late '70s I frequently passed by the old Wagon Ho RV dealership, where the cowboy rode majestically atop his covered wagon. Another one vanished down the "dusty trail!"

[Kerry, Sandy and Mike, 01/03/2009]
Cowboy Hybrid

Before the Arby's Restaurant stint, the cowboy was on a large covered wagon advertising "Wagon Ho" RV Sales. I first saw him in 1969.

[Laura, 10/14/2006]
Muffler Man or Cowboy Hybrid

Someone posted about the cowboy that now sits atop a car dealership on US 41 in Bradenton. He used to sit on top of an Arby's restaurant next door that looked like a giant covered wagon. The restaurant closed in the late 70's, early 80's, but the cowboy rides on.

[Erin, 07/30/2005]
Muffler Man or Cowboy Hybrid

There is a Southern-style cowboy giant (like the ones in Lexington, NC and Danville, VA) driving a covered wagon in Bradenton, FL.

[Kevin Patrick, 02/02/1998]

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