The Hot Dog Man on historic Route 66

by Sheila on March 18, 2008

by Sheila | March 18th, 2008  

Paul Bunyan with a hot dog, Atlanta IL on old Route 66 (Scarborough photo)There’s nothing like driving through small-town America and stumbling upon a 19-foot statue of Paul Bunyan holding a giant hot dog.

Kids put down their Gameboys pretty quickly when they look out the car window and see that!

After miles and miles of authentic Midwest agricultural wonders (this is your brain on corn) it’s a bit mind-boggling to stand in tiny downtown Atlanta, Illinois and try to figure out the origins of the thoroughly fake Hot Dog Man.

According to the Logan County tourism Web site, the massive fiberglass dude with a dog used to stand in front of a restaurant called Bunyon’s in Berwyn, Illinois (also on old Route 66) from about 1965 to 2003.

When the restaurant closed, the owner Mr. Stephens agreed to keep the landmark Big Guy standing tall on the fabled Mother Road, so it was moved to a new home in Atlanta, Illinois.

Your family can see it today, presiding majestically over passing tiny people and assorted hot dog fans.

Mustard and relish not included.

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Lisa Marie Mary March 18, 2008 at 8:21 am

I could be totally wrong here, but, I could swear there’s one of those in Dallas, TX on Central Expressway in front of some auto mechanic’s place and he’s holding some giant tool or car part – maybe a muffler…
I live in Alabama now, though – otherwise I’d go take a drive and find out and take a pic for you!! :)

It’s nice when things distract the kids from those games, huh? It’s almost like you can see actual STRANDS of glue from each of their eyeballs and each of their ears, forever connecting them to those blasted things!! Haha!

Sheila Scarborough March 19, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Hi Lisa Marie Mary,

Welcome from Twitter! Yes, I think I read that some company in the 1950s and 1960s made a bunch of those big guys and many were used to hold mufflers in front of auto shops, so you probably DID see such a thing in Dallas.


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