Gertrude the Cow in Rockford, Illinois

I drove through Rockford, Illinois yesterday, after taking a cheese making class at Angelic Organics in nearby Caledonia. While in town I tracked down this big fiberglass bovine roadside attraction: Gertrude the Cow.

The giant cow statue looks over the farm at Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm. Gertrude the cow is a guernsey cow and colored fawn/brown with white spots. She measures in at about 21 feet long and 19 feet high making her one of the biggest bovine roadside attractions in America. (Even bigger than Sissy the Cow in DeForest, Wisconsin.)

Gertrude the Cow - giant cow statue in Rockford, Illinois
Gertrude the Cow - giant cow statue in Rockford, Illinois
Gertrude the Cow - giant cow statue in Rockford, Illinois


Moooo…

or should I say

MOOOO!



Gertrude the Cow
Fiberglass Roadside Attraction

Location: Lockwood Park Trailside Equestrian Centre and Children’s Farm, 5201 Safford Rd., Rockford IL 61101
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: The park is open dawn until dusk, year-round.
Date: June 7, 2008

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Gertrude the Cow is a giant fiberglass guernsey cow in Rockford, Illinois. This oversized bovine roadside attraction is located in Lockwood Park. Visit the weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip and be sure to add it to your itinerary and map!
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Gertrude the Cow is a giant fiberglass guernsey cow in Rockford, Illinois. This oversized bovine roadside attraction is located in Lockwood Park. Visit the weird roadside attraction on an Illinois road trip and be sure to add it to your itinerary and map!

While you’re in Rockford checking out Gertrude, be sure to stop by Midway Village to explore the old-timey village and the sock monkey museum!

VAL BROMANN

Founder & Head Road Tripper

Val is the founder and head road tripper at Silly America. Having grown up near Berwyn's famed car kabob, The Spindle, and a restaurant with a cow on its roof, her fascination with roadside attractions started early. Today, Val has visited hundreds roadside attractions across the United States and is constantly on the lookout for the next BIG thing!