NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man

Flagstaff, Arizona

ArizonaRoadside Attraction

Louie the Lumberjack, the NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man is a historic Route 66 icon and sports mascot in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Muffler men roadside attractions 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.

The lumberjack muffler man in Flagstaff, Arizona stands at 20 feet tall, wearing blue pants, a yellow button down shirt, a red cap, and black boots and carrying a double-sided ax. He serves as one form of Louie the Lumberjack, the beloved mascot of Northern Arizona University (NAU) who got his name in 1988 from the The Kingmen song “Louie Louie.”

Built in 1962, this muffler man is thought to be the very first of the many muffler men that once graced the roadside of America and Route 66.

But this lumberjack muffler man wasn’t always found on the NAU campus. Produced by Bob Prewitt and Prewitt Fiberglass Animals in 1962, the giant, along with its twin, was a fixture at Lumberjack Café (nee Paul Bunyan Café) on Milton Road throughout the 1960s and 70s. The restaurant and roadside attractions were even visible in the 1969 movie Easy Rider.

When the Zanzucchi family purchased the café and renamed it Granny’s Closet in 1973, the Flagstaff muffler men didn’t quite fit their new theme. So they donated both to the nearby Northern Arizona University.

The two Bunyan Muffler Men were relocated to campus where they stood at Lumberjack Stadium until 1979 when they moved to their current location at J. Lawrence Walkup Skydome.

This famed lumberjack muffler man stands outside of the stadium, greeting all visitors to basketball games and graduations, while the other watched over the court and dodged stray basketballs inside. That second lumberjack muffler man is now also found outside the stadium.

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NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man

5 based on 1 reviews

Address:
1701 S San Francisco St, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Hours:
Visible 24/7 (Parking Access May Vary)

Cost:
Free

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NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction
NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man in Flagstaff, Arizona, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking in the adjoining lot may be restricted. Find information on parking on the Northern Arizona University campus on the university’s website. There are a few 15-minute parking spots right near this attraction.

Where to Stay Near the NAU Skydome Lumberjack Muffler Man

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

Americana Motor Hotel

Built in 1962 and renovated and reopened in 2023, the Americana Motor Hotel is the perfect mix of vintage charm and modern convenience. Rooms are decorated in a retro-futuristic design and offer plush beds, walk-in showers, 4K TVs, and premium WiFi. At the Route 66 hotel you’ll find convenient self-parking, a year-round heated pool, telescopes, board games, yard games, and EV chargers.

Hotel Monte Vista

Built in 1926, Hotel Monte Vista is a classic hotel in a prime location in downtown Flagstaff. The restored guest rooms include free WiFi and cable TV and attached bars offer entertainment and drinks. For those traveling on a budget, Hotel Monte Vista also offers Traveler’s Rooms with shared bathrooms and showers. This hotel is allegedly haunted, so keep an eye out for ghosts. On-site parking is available, though limited.

Western Hills Motel

Western Hills Motel is a historic motel with a Western theme located on Route 66. The motel offers clean rooms and friendly service.

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  1. LOVE this Route 66 muffler man! It just might be my new favorite! I have to go back soon to find his twin since it was still missing last time I was there!

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