The Route 66 Lauterbach Giant, Springfield IL

Built in 1978 and located on route 66 (well one of them) in Springfield IL, is a fiberglass “muffler man”  in front of Lauterbach Tire and Auto who USED to be holding a tire.

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He’s actually had some serious repairs in 2006, as the result of a Tornado that ripped off his head (ouch).IMG_1151.JPG

Update: Further up Route 66 (i.e. Northeast) in Atlanta, where the Paul Bunyon Statue is located (A Paul Bunyan holding a hotdog in a bun), I found this description of the Lauterbach man that includes what he looked like BEFORE his repairs — he’s got a completely new wardrobe now… and back when he was still holding the tire
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I find it interesting  that as much as this muffler man is lauded as being one fo the Route 66 attractions, for SOME reason it has not earned one of those State of IL signs… which makes me wonder if the local authorities and business owners have to help pay for the things.

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