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Roadside Men Arizona


Tucson Man (1998)
Tucson, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Tucson Man is a lumberjack that greets travelers as they whiz by. Despite the large axe, he looks like a cordial sort. This lumberjack was originally installed in 1964 by Leo Toia who owned a gas station back in 1947 at this location off of Glenn and Stone Avenue. Leo built up the complex to include a muffler shop and sporting goods store.

When the 20 foot tall fiberglass lumberjack was purchased, he was a good advertisement and location marker for the businesses at this corner. Don's Hot Rod Shop is still located here as well as the old sign for Leo's Auto Supply.

Tucson Lumberjack
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com




Big Johnson
Prescott Valley, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Look familiar? No, it's not June, it's Big Johnson from Prescott Valley, AZ! This cowboy appears to be in great shape as he towers over stuff from a weekend sale.







Lumberjack Cafe
Flagstaff, AZ
Postcard courtesy Jodey Elsner

In the beautiful town of Flagstaff, AZ, the Lumberjack Cafe Man used to stand guard making sure there were no "dine and dashers" looking to get off with a free meal. But alas, the Lumberjack Cafe and the Lumberjack Cafe Man are no longer there.

Well it turns out that the Lumberjack Cafe muffler man is the same one that is now sitting outside of the Skydome in Flagstaff, home of the NAU Lumberjacks.


Indoors at NAU (98)
Flagstaff, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Heading a bit eastward, Arizona is home to quite a few classic roadside men. In fact, Northern Arizona University is home to not one, but two of the Lumberjack variety.

Here is the lumberjack that stands inside the Skydome. He holds his axe and cheers on the home team.


Indoor lumberjack with a smile
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com





Outdoors at NAU (98)
Flagstaff, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


One of the 'jacks stands guard over the football field and the other is located right outside the arena.


UPDATE 05/20 : Here are more photos of the lumberjack standing outside of the Northern Arizona University Skydome.


Skydome Lumberjack
Flagstaff, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

As the official mascot of NAU, this lumberjack was built back in 1963. Originally standing in front of the Lumberjack Cafe on Milton Rd near downtown Flagstaff, the statue made it through the restaurant's renaming to Granny's Closet in 1973. 05/-20

(Right) A closer up look at the lumberjack outside of the Skydome




Yuma Man (98)
Yuma, AZ
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com


Now this resident of Yuma, Arizona sports a smaller frame and a unique face. Don't want to call him paper mache' man so we'll just call him the Yuma Man. Mr. Yuma Man stands tall near a Target off the main drag.

Closer up of the Yuma Man
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