In my ongoing quest to find out more about cool landmarks in Sioux Falls I ran a little background check on a big guy on Cliff Ave.

Here are 5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mr. Bendo:

  1. The home of the 18-foot tall Mr. Bendo is at Buck's Mufflers in Sioux Falls on the corner of S. Cliff Avenue and East 12th Street.
  2. Mr. Bendo has been at Buck's since 1963.
  3. On St. Patty's day 2010 Mr. Bendo was busted up pretty bad when a drunk driver missed the corner turn and ran square into the big fella's right leg.
  4. A Mr. Bendo support group raised funds to help get him back to full health by selling t-shirts stating: All profits/kickbacks go towards Mr. Bendo's medical bills. This fundraiser is approved by Jerry at Buck's Muffler.
  5. Mr. Bendo has brothers in Chicago, IL. & Indianapolis, IN.  In 2013 the Chicago Mr. Bendo blew down in a storm and someone walked off with his head.

Check out some of this other interesting stuff about the Mr. Bendos:

Mr. Bendo / Wiki Commons
Mr. Bendo Sioux Falls / Ben Davis MIX 97.3