Lake Ozark, Missouri: Injun Joe and Country Bumpkin: Muffler Men

Country Bumpkin has been undergoing repairs in a warehouse since May 2013. Injun Joe, aka "Chief Bagnell," was successfully restored and returned to his old spot on Aug. 13, 2016.
1482 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Lake Ozark, MO
Injun Joe stands on the northbound side of Bagnell Dam Blvd/Business US Hwy 54 at the intersection of School Rd. In front of Two Bit Town, and across the highway from Dogpatch.
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Indian statue.

Indian Chief Muffler Man

After standing at the lake for 45 years the Chief was taken down in January of 2016. American Giants got him in March and did a five month restoration. They sanded him back down to the gel coat, fixed all his cracks and holes, then primed and repainted him using auto paint that will last for many years. All his fine details were airbrushed on and he was delivered back to the strip on it's 50th anniversary.

He is now standing on the strip once again, looking pretty sharp with his new paint job. Big thank you to Iguana Group for rescuing him and having him restored. This Chief also has the full support and love of the local community, who also hope to see the Halfwit restored and returned soon.

[Joel Baker, 08/24/2016]

Muffler Man Indian.

Big Indian (sidekick Happy Halfwit gone)

The Happy Halfwit is gone, and so is the park.

[John Luther, 07/16/2014]
Muffler Man Halfwit

Cruised through Lake Ozark a few weeks ago on a trip and noticed that the Halfwit that used to stand in front of what was known for years as "Dogpatch" had left town. Not sure when he departed, but I did see him during Fall of last year. Still a few shops and an arcade behind him that are open. The good news is that the Indian across the street is still there, greeting visitors.

[Rob, 04/23/2014]
Big Indian and Happy Half-Wit

Drove through this crazy little lake town. Indian is still there, not looking too well-kept. Didn't see Halfwit. Maybe gone? [Bryan, 05/24/2013]
Big Indian and Happy Half-Wit

These are some pictures from earlier this week of the mutant muffler men near Bagnell Dam (a.k.a. Lake Ozark), MO. The half-wit's identified location in the "defunct Dogpatch" may or may not be right, since in March, everything there looks defunct ... but may just be waiting for the arrival of Ozark spring. There appears to be at least one viable roadside attraction behind him, the Old Time Photo place, whose sign helpfully explains to those not acquainted with the genre that the old time photo is, in fact, "Of You." The noble savage is across the highway, in "Two Bit Town," which also boasts a fiberglass gorilla, though it is also closed at least for the season. The half wit has a bumper sticker on his back, advertising adult temporary tattoos, with the motto "From Fantasy to Flesh." I think "From Fantasy to Fiberglass" ought to be the Official Muffler Man motto. P.S. I think the Muffler Man spotter t-shirt is excellent.

[Dave Vander Velde, 03/21/1999]

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