Ventura, California: Backyard Muffler Man

A Paul Bunyan that originally stood outside a carpet store in Port Hueneme. Restored and placed in someone's backyard in 2016. Survived 2017 wildfires.

1267 Casitas Vista Rd, Ventura, CA
Hwy 101 exit 70B. Drive north on Hwy 33 for 5.5 miles. When the freeway ends, exit right onto Casitas Vista Rd, crossing back under the freeway. Drive west 1.5 miles. When you see the "Road Ends 1/4 Mile" sign, look right down the driveway and you'll see the Muffler Man. Private property, no trespassing, but the Muffler Man is visible from the end of the driveway.
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Bunyan Muffler Man.

Backyard Muffler Man

This Bunyan-style Muffler Man was probably made around 1964 or '65 and stood at a carpet store in Port Hueneme. The place closed and turned into an auto part store in the late '60s, but the Bunyan stayed. In the mid-1970s the Bunyan was moved to the outskirts of town and stood by himself down by a river in the Foster Park area. Out of sight, he attracted almost no attention for many years, but he was not forgotten by the locals.

In 2016 he was purchased and moved a mile or so down the road. He was repainted and set up in the backyard of a private residence. I took this picture the day the Thomas Fire started, which he survived.

[Joel Baker, 12/14/2017]

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