Snerd Giant

Atlanta, Illinois

IllinoisRoadside Attraction

The Snerd GIant in Atlanta, Illinois is one of the many muffler men on Route 66 and the first complete muffler man to be added to the American Giants Museum.

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.

There are many types of muffler men, including lumberjacks, cowboys, spacemen, and Indians. One of the most unique types is the “Mortimer Snerd” Giant (also known as the Happy Half Wit).

This type of giant resembles the typical model in stance and figure, but while most muffler men sport burly, rugged faces, the Snerd takes on a wide goofy grin on a mug reminiscent of Mad Magazine’s Alfred E. Neuman.

The Snerd Muffler Man in Atlanta, Illinois was the first muffler man installed outside of the American Giants Museum on June 1, 2023.

Curator Joel Baker of American Giants came into possession of the 19-foot-tall Snerd in 2012 after buying it off of eBay. The roadside attraction originally stood outside of an Ohio family fun center, moved to the Wagon Wheel Bar in Madison, then ended up with a MAD collector before being listed for sale. While the giant was missing legs and part of its head and waist, Baker was eventually able to restore it and add it as the first giant at the museum.

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Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66

Snerd Giant

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Address:
100 SW Arch St, Atlanta, IL 61723

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66
Snerd Giant muffler man roadside attraction in Atlanta, Illinois at the American Giants Museum on Route 66

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the ​​Snerd Giant in Atlanta, Illinois, here are some things to know before you go.

  • This muffler man is part of the American Giants Museum. While the museum has seasonal, limited hours, the Snerd is always visible for photo ops.
  • Parking is available on the street or in a community lot across the street.
  • One of several muffler men in Atlanta, Illinois. Also look for the Paul Bunyon and the Texaco Big Friend, with more coming soon!

Where to Stay Near the ​​Snerd Giant

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

The Trail Inn

The Trail Inn is a local motel that features clean rooms, contactless check-in, and even muffler man art in the lobby. The most convenient motel to downtown Atlanta, the location allows you to stay a while in town to take in all the best attractions in the area. Plus, with a gas station right across the street, it’s easy to fuel up your car or stock up on snacks.

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.

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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