Chef Muffler Man

Springfield, Missouri

MissouriRoadside Attraction

The Route 66 Food Truck Park opened in Springfield, Missouri in February 2020. The spot featured food trucks with a variety of different cuisines, a full-service bar, and this giant Chef Muffler Man, affectionally named Carl, out front.

This is one of the many muffler man roadside attractions on Route 66. Muffler Men are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.

But the 25-foot tall, 800-pound chef muffler man in Springfield, Missouri isn’t an original. This fiberglass giant wears blue pants, a red and white top, a tall white chefs hat, and holds a giant spatula and carving fork. The roadside attraction was created specifically for the spot by fiberglass artist Mark Cline, who uses molds of original muffler men to create new attractions.

The food truck park where the muffler man stood was the brainchild of Kirk Wheeler, a local resident who wanted to bring more food options to his neighborhood while celebrating the Mother Road. Unfortunately the park closed in 2022, so you can no longer stop for lunch on Route 66. But you can still swing by to see this roadside attraction.

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Chef Muffler Man in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Chef Muffler Man

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Address:
1530 E St Louis St, Springfield, MO 65802

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Chef Muffler Man in Springfield, Missouri Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Chef Muffler Man in Springfield, Missouri, here are some things to know before you go.

  • The food truck park where this muffler man lives is now closed down. But he remains there and visible for now.
  • While in the area, check out more of the best attractions on Route 66 in Springfield, Missouri.

Where to Stay Near the Chef Muffler Man in Springfield, Missouri

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest on your road trip with a stay at one of these Springfield, Missouri hotels near Route 66.

Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven

After a day behind the wheel, stopping at all of the Mother Road’s iconic roadside attractions, museums, restaurants, and more, a good shower and a comfy bed is always a welcome sight. Take that and add modern amenities, vintage charm, and a touch of Elvis, and you have the Best Western Route 66 Rail Haven motel in Springfield, Missouri. Book a stay in the iconic Elvis Suite for a unique night!

Rockwood Motor Court

Rockwood Motor Court opened as a Tourist Camp in 1929, just three years after Route 66 was commissioned. Renovated in 2019, you’ll enjoy clean and comfortable rooms themed to eras of Route 66 with vintage décor, furniture, and memorabilia.

Rest Haven Court

Rest Haven Court is a classic motor hotel in Springfield, Missouri. Look for the bright neon sign with the big neon arrow. It was erected in 1953!

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