Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man

Atlanta, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois is one of the most recognizable roadside attractions on Route 66, though he wasn’t always located there.

A muffler man roadside attraction is a giant fiberglass man often found on Route 66. The fiberglass giant stands tall at 18 to 25 feet with his arms bent in front of him: left palm down, right palm up making it easy for him to hold a muffler…or an ax, a flag, a rocket, or, in this case, a giant hot dog. Popularized in the 60s and 70s and made by International Fiberglass these roadside attractions were built specifically to attract customers off the road and into businesses.

In 1966 this muffler man was erected in Cicero, Illinois at a hot dog and burger restaurant named Bunyon’s hot dog stand. Due to his roots this giant hot dog muffler man (a modified Paul Bunyan statue) is known locally as “The Bunyon Giant.”

In 2002 the Cicero restaurant closed but the legacy of the hot-dog wielding giant mufflerman lives on. “Tall Paul” was restored and relocated to Route 66 park in Atlanta, Illinois where the Illinois roadside attraction still stands proudly with a hot dog in hand, today.

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Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man

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Address:
103 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723

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Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the ​​Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Street parking is available.
  • Love muffler men? Plan to visit the American Giants Museum across the street to learn more about these iconic roadside attractions.

Where to Stay Near the ​​Paul Bunyon Hot Dog Muffler Man

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these nearby hotels on Illinois Route 66.

Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Vrooman Mansion Bed and Breakfast is located off Route 66 in the heart of Bloomington/Normal, Illinois. The Vrooman Mansion is a historical 1869 estate, with seven suites to choose from, all with private baths and access to beautiful common areas like the library, parlor, sitting rooms, and manicured grounds.

Hotel Lincoln Inn

Hotel Lincoln Inn is right off Route 66 and close to the Lincoln Speedway in Lincoln, Illinois. The hotel features an exercise room, outdoor pool and guest rooms with free WiFi and cable TV.

State House Inn

State House Inn, a landmark hotel in Springfield, Illinois, features a business center, gym, ironing service, and complimentary breakfast with a convenient location directly across the street from the Illinois State Capitol. Book a stay in one of the two themed Presidential Suites: the Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd.

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