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Atlanta, Illinois: Hot Dog Muffler Man Team Field Report

The Bunyon Giant

Arch St., Atlanta, IL
I-55 exit 140. Drive west on Hwy 25 into town, and continue straight on South St. Turn right onto Arch St. The Bunyon Giant will be on the left.
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Hot Dog Muffler Man.

Hot Dog Muffler Man

An iconic figure from late 20th century Cicero, the Hot Dog Muffler Man has stood along Route 66 in Atlanta since 2003. Report... [01/24/2021]

Bunyon Muffler Man.

Cicero's Hot Dog Muffler Man

Before moving to Atlanta, Illinois, the Hot Dog Muffler Man was the bun- and weiner-hefting star of Cicero. Report... [02/21/2000]

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RIP Hamlet Stephens

Hot Dog Muffler Man: June 2, 2012 RIP Hamlet Stephens

During his life, Hamlet Arthur Stephens was known for his hot beef and sausage sandwiches, sold at his Bunyon's restaurant in Cicero, Illinois. History, however, knows him as the man who brought a Muffler Man holding a Giant Hot Dog to Route 66. Stephens - who customers often mistakenly called "Mr. Bunyon" - closed the restaurant in 2003, and it was feared that he might sell the unique big weenie statue for scrap. Then the small town of Atlanta, Illinois, further west along the Mother Road, offered to take the Muffler Man and give him a permanent place of honor downtown.

Stephens liked the idea, and before he died on June 2, 2012, he'd seen his Hot Dog Guy become one of Route 66's most popular attractions.

[ Team, 06/02/2022]

Hot Dog Muffler Man.

Hot Dog Muffler Man

It's smack dab in the center of town and can't be missed... even if you tried.

[Rex McManamy, 10/13/2020]

This Muffler Man continues to be a popular stop on the Mother Road, originating further north in Cicero, also along Route 66.

Hot Dog Muffler Man, Atlanta, IL.

Hot Dog Muffler Man (and other International Fiberglass Giants)

Indiana, Illinois, and West Virginia Muffler Men (and a Uniroyal Gal) as you've never seen them photographed before. No, I am not a religious nut, I'm a Jesus freak!

[Ken Fitton, 07/24/2020]

Ken sent us an impressive 10-statue collage to show his progress on the Muffler Men Pilgrim's Trail. The Hot Dog Muffler Man was one. Ken's wardrobe is composed of perpetually replenished "Jesus Saves" t-shirts.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Palm's Grille Cafe - Route 66Palm's Grille Cafe - Route 66, Atlanta, IL - < 1 mi.
Mattingly Automotive: Official Route 66 MechanicMattingly Automotive: Official Route 66 Mechanic, Atlanta, IL - < 1 mi.
Smiley Face Water TowerSmiley Face Water Tower, Atlanta, IL - < 1 mi.
In the region:
Dead Man's Curve, Towanda, IL - 27 mi.

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