Willits, California: Muffler Man: Cowboy Willy

Classic towering fiberglass statue made in the 1960s to promote roadside businesses. Named "Cowboy Willy," he holds a Willits branding iron.

Willits Rodeo Grounds

Address:
390 E. Commercial St., Willits, CA
Directions:
South side of E. Commercial St., across from the Mendicino County Historical Museum, set back from the street, next to the bleachers at the Willits Rodeo Grounds.
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Muffler Man.

Cowboy Willy Muffler Man

I dropped by to visit Cowboy Willy last week. He looks great in his recent paint job and giant rodeo belt buckle. He is located on the rodeo grounds, but we found the gate open. He's in a nice little fenced area with a fountain and landscaping.

[Jody Day, 05/20/2016]

Muffler Man bronzer.

Muffler Man - Cowboy Willy

In June of 2013, Willits Frontier Days updated their Muffler Man, named "Cowboy Willy," with a new outfit and general repair. Come and see Cowboy Willy during the Willits Frontier Days celebrations held during the two weeks around the Fourth of July.

[Maureen Moore, 08/23/2015]

The big cowboy appears to have been given a dose of skin bronzer as well.

Muffler Man.

Muffler Man

Another view of the refurbished Muffler Man of Willits. Note that his belt buckle depicts the famous race horse Seabiscuit, who retired and was put out to stud at Ridgewood Ranch near Willits.

[Alan H. Haeberle, 07/09/2007]

Muffler Man.

Muffler Man

The Muffler Man in Willits is alive and well. He still resides at the Willits Rodeo Grounds - the site of the annual Frontier Days Rodeo celebration. He looks like he's been painted/restored since the photo you have was taken.

[Christy Collins, 01/12/2007]
Muffler Man

He's on Commercial St., east of highway 101, across from the Mendicino County Historical Museum. He lives on the rodeo grounds. It looks like they have something called 'Willits Frontier Days' on the grounds.

He appears to be a standard configuration. He's wearing a cowboy hat and holding a branding iron with a 'W' on the end. He's locked up behind a fence about 20-30 yards from the road.

[Curt Elsbernd, 11/25/1998]

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