What Are These Giant ‘Muffler Men’ That Colorado Has Only 2 Of?
It can be unnerving to be driving along in Colorado and see a giant colorful statue of a man on the side of the road. These two guys are old, but they still have style.
There are many roadside attractions in Colorado, and these two guys should definitely be on your list.
The best part is that both of them are north of Interstate 70, making it pretty easy to check them both out in an afternoon.
I had driven by the big Paul Bunyan-looking fiberglass statue in Greeley more than a few times while growing up in Colorado, but I had not heard of a second "giant man" being just west of Longmont until the summer of 2022. I thought that I might not be alone in not knowing, so I went on my own little road trip.
These 25-foot-tall statues date back over 50 years to the 1960s when they were produced to advertise a tire and muffler company. The "Muffler Man" would be holding a muffler and tire when it was delivered. Other variations of the same mold were created; hence the Longmont cowboy who holds a pitchfork.
WHERE IS THE 'MUFFLER MAN' IN GREELEY?
The Greeley, Colorado, Muffler Man statue stands east of Highway 85 at 5th Street (500 First Ave.). The Greeley Tribune reports that this man used to have a hat at one point.
WHERE IS THE 'MUFFLER MAN' IN LONGMONT?
The "Cowboy" is about 4 miles west of Hover on Highway 66 at 12765 N. 63rd St. The two Colorado "Muffler Men" are only about 40 miles apart.
HEY, ISN'T THERE A MUFFLER MAN IN COLORADO SPRINGS?
There is a replica "Muffler Man" at the Copperhead Bar in Colorado Springs, but it was commissioned by the bar in 2009.
Let's take a closer look at Colorado's two official "Muffler Men" roadside attractions.