Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin

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.

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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.

Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions

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.

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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!

Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions

This Wisconsin roadside attraction will have you yelling Yippie ki-yay!

Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions

Or should that be yippie ki-SQUEAK?!?!

Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions
Giant Western Mouse in Cowboy Hat in Oakdale, Wisconsin | Wisconsin Roadside Attractions

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 a cowboy hat holds a Welcome to Wisconsin sign in Oakdale, Wisconsin
Giant western mouse in a cowboy hat holds a Welcome to Wisconsin sign in Oakdale, Wisconsin
Giant western mouse in a cowboy hat holds a Welcome to Wisconsin sign in Oakdale, Wisconsin
Giant western mouse in a cowboy hat holds a Welcome to Wisconsin sign in Oakdale, Wisconsin

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


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Weird roadside attraction: a Giant Western Mouse in a cowboy hat holds a "Welcome to Wisconsin" sign in a truck stop parking lot in Oakdale, Wisconsin. See this on your small town travel across a Wisconsin road trip. A fun stop for photography when viewing the beautiful places of the state.
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Weird roadside attraction: a Giant Western Mouse in a cowboy hat holds a “Welcome to Wisconsin” sign in a truck stop parking lot in Oakdale, Wisconsin. See this on your small town travel across a Wisconsin road trip. A fun stop for photography when viewing the beautiful places of the state.

Looking for more Wisconsin roadside attractions? Check out these nearby: Mousehouse Cheesehaus, Sissy the Cow, and Bessie the Cow!

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.