Welcome to Wisconsin, America’s Dairyland! Cheese shops aren’t always the only cheesy destinations in the state that feature giant mice roadside attractions! At a truck stop parking lot in Oakdale, Wisconsin, you can find another big rodent! This giant Western mouse in cowboy hat wears bright blue jeans, a red shirt, a yellow bandana, brown cowboy boots, and, of course, a giant cowboy hat.
The giant mouse roadside attraction used to hold up a “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign, welcoming all passersby to the great cheese state of Wisconsin (see photos below).
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Sadly, the Welcome to Wisconsin is now gone and a blank painted over red space is there in its place. I guess we’re no longer welcome in Wisconsin? Or the mouse had his cheese stolen and isn’t feeling friendly anymore? I’m not sure. But, in any case, he still looks pretty welcoming, sign or no sign.
Normally, a giant mouse might be the last thing you would want to see hanging around at a gas station when you pull up to fill up your tank on a road trip… but this big cowboy mouse is A-Okay.
The big silly mouse with cowboy hat is a friendly face when you need to take a pit stop for provisions…especially when rising gas prices abound!
This Wisconsin roadside attraction will have you yelling Yippie ki-yay!
Or should that be yippie ki-SQUEAK?!?!
Looking for more cheesy roadside attractions in Wisconsin? Check out our archive here!
Big Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat with “Welcome to Wisconsin” Sign in 2008
I first visited this Oakdale mouse on a road trip through Wisconsin in 2008. He still looks pretty much the same with the biggest changes being the painted over Welcome to Wisconsin sign, a change of logo for the Road Ranger gas station, and a surprising fall in diesel gas prices.
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat
Location: Road Ranger Truck Stop, 102 East Woody Dr., Oakdale, WI 54649, I-90/94 Exit 48 in truck stop parking lot, Oakdale, Wisconsin
Cost: Free to see.
Hours: Always Visible
Date: August 2008, August 2019