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Cadet Restaurant Cowboy Muffler Man - Kittanning, PA

Updated: Nov 2, 2021

The Cadet Cowboy Muffler Man stands at the Cadet Restaurant, located at 13514 US Route 422, Kittanning, PA, which is temporary closed for business. The Muffler Man wears a cowboy hat and is holding a hamburger; he is known to many as "Big Sam". Sam has stood at the Cadet Restaurant since 1962, making him one of the oldest original Muffler Men. He got his name from a police officer that would patrol the parking lot to keep it safe for customers and employees.


He is at least 30 feet tall and Cadet's history page tells us that Sam was purchased at the Chicago Restaurant Show for $3900 in 1962. On a foggy morning September 29, 1990, a Ford Bronco crossed into the lane of a coal truck from Indiana. The Bronco catapulted into Sam leaving him in disarray for years. Dave Bish stepped up and put Sam back together again. In 2002, Sam was back on his feet again and looking good.


Unfortunately, today the Cadet Restaurant is temporarily closed, so Sam stands alone in a rundown parking lot. Who knows what the future holds for Big Sam, but we couldn't resist pulling over to take a photo of him.


Located at: 13514 US-422, Kittanning, PA 16201


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