Right Palm Up, Left Palm Down
In 1984, a ten-year-old boy encountered a mysterious 20-foot-tall fiberglass statue named Louie in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Eight years later, he spotted an identical statue in Tucson. A third sighting outside a run-down convenience store made it a trend. Thus began a scavenger hunt to discover the origins of Louie and his brethren. Only one rule applied: No searching for them on the Internet!

Right Palm Up, Left Palm Down

The Log of a Cross-Country Scavenger Hunt by Gabriel Aldaz

Meet the Characters

This page is devoted to the Muffler Men in the order that I encountered them in my scavenger hunt. The names of most statues are widely accepted, and the numbers roughly correspond to the book chapters. The map and descriptions were accurate in 2009, and are being updated in 2023 with your help! Click on the numbers on the map or the names on the right to learn more about each one.
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World’s Fair Bunyan

Lake George, New York

World's Fair Bunyan

Harry Horn started Around the World Golf forty years ago with a miniature golf kit that took one week to put up. He’s been improving and adding on ever since. In the “around the world” course, the big bell is from a Buddhist temple and the rickshaw was actually used in Hong Kong for years. One of Harry’s prized possessions is the Paul Bunyan – now representing Canada – that once stood outside the Oregon Pavilion during the 1964 World’s Fair in New York.

Location: Around the World Golf, 2183 State Route 9
Type: Bunyan
Accessories: Axe
Spotlight: Stood at Oregon Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair (1964-65)
Damage: Apparently unscathed and lovingly cared for
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Left: World’s Fair Bunyan at Around the World Golf (2009). Right: Oregon Pavilion banner at the world’s fair in New York. Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter (1964).

2023 Update

Coming soon!