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Atlanta, Illinois: Hot Dog Muffler Man Team Field Report

The Bunyon Giant

112 SW Arch St., Atlanta, IL
I-55 exit 140. Drive west into town. At the stop sign turn right onto SW Arch St. You'll soon see the Hot Dog Muffler Man on the left.
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Hot Dog Muffler Man.

Hot Dog Muffler Man

An iconic figure from mid-20th century Cicero, Illinois, 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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Hot Dog Muffler Man

A nice small town gift shop is on one side of this Muffler Man, on the other is a small park with a lots of shade trees and tables to relax. Locally painted Rt 66 shields line the walls of the park, each one highlighting different Rt 66 attractions and a great mural is inside.

[Deanna B, 08/15/2023]

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.

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In the region:
Route 66 Experience: Metal Muffler Man, Springfield, IL - 37 mi.

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