In early 2012, I visited the Muffler Man in Stony Point, NY. This statue is located at Camp Bullowa which is used for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts activities. It appears to be one of the early Paul Bunyans produced in the mid-1960s by International Fiberglass. While I was at the Camp, I met Ranger Joe Langdon and spoke with him about the statue. It is not known where this Muffler Man was located before it arrived at the Camp in the mid-1990s. It stands next to the parking lot near the main entrance.
The statue was previously located next to the cafeteria on a steep hill overlooking the lake. It
became a popular prank for young campers to push the statue down the hill. Joe found the Muffler Man in the lake several times. Since these fiberglass statues are hollow, this statue floated and could be easily found. Enough was enough and, by 2000, Joe moved the statue to its current location near his house so that he can keep an eye on it.
Joe enjoys making large footprints in the snow and convincing Boy Scouts that the giant statue walks around at night. This Muffler Man is in remarkably good condition considering the number of tumbles and swimming escapades it has been through. The only damage is a crack on one of the statue’s boots. The wooden axe that the statue holds is a replacement of the original.
Thanks to Debra Jane Seltzer for reviewing and editing this article.