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Blue Whale of Catoosa, Catoosa

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The Blue Whale of Catoosa is a waterfront structure, just east of the town of Catoosa, Oklahoma, and it has become one of the most recognizable attractions on old Route 66. It is home to the third location of the Spectacles launched by Snapchat in 2016.CreationHugh Davis built the Blue in the early 1970s as a surprise anniversary gift to his wife Zelta, who collected whale figurines. The Blue Whale and its pond became a favored swimming hole for both locals and travelers along Route 66 alike.Originally, the pond surrounding the massive Blue Whale was spring fed and intended only for family use. However, as many locals began to come to enjoy its waters, Davis brought in tons of sand, built picnic tables, hired life guards, and opened it to the public.Public attractionOriginally calling it Nature’s Acres, Mr. Davis continued to add to the roadside attraction until it eventually included The Fun and Swim Blue Whale and the A.R.K. (Animal Reptile Kingdom). The attraction also featured Hugh’s brother-in-law, Indian Chief Wolf-Robe Hunt, a full blooded Acoma Indian, who was famous in his own right for his Indian paintings and as a highly skilled silversmith. Chief Wolf-Robe Hunt once ran the Arrowood Trading post across the highway from the Blue Whale attraction.By 1988, the Davises were not able to continue managing the attraction, so they closed it to the public. Davis died in January 1990, followed by his wife Zelta in 2001. The park soon fell into disrepair, crumbling from neglect and weather. However, after a decade the people of Catoosa and employees of the Hampton Inn launched a fund-raising and volunteer effort to restore the Route 66 landmark. The Blue Whale was restored and repainted to its original brilliant blue. The adjacent picnic area has also been restored.
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  • More Woe Than Wow”  Pending review Unusual is the word for this Route 66 roadside attraction. It has history having been created back in the 1970's as an anniversary gift from Hugh to Zelta ...  more »
  • There have been recent upgrades to this location but there is not a whole lot to do except stop and see it and take a picture. I have not been in summer so not sure if you can swim or not but I am goi...  more »
  • This fish has been quite a bit. I use to swim there in my younger years. The slide was a blast back then. Not too sure now I might be too old  more »
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  • Super cute story behind this place. Definitely worth a stop for a photo as it's a unique history. Not super well maintained, but I'd stop again.
  • It's a great Route 66 stop!
  • Good place for a picnic
  • A must stop spot on Route 66
  • 我們在這裏拍了很多照片,有個阿伯帶了一隻大狗,要我們幫他們拍照,大狗很不受控制很好笑,也有家庭在旁邊的野餐桌遊戲,小孩子在裡面跑來跑去,我們進入鯨魚的內部看看,真的是一個跳水台呢!旁邊的紀念品電邀匙圈竟然只要兩塊,只買一個太可惜了,我們還帶了一張明信片走,店裡有以前這裡風光的照片,真的好多人都來這裡乘涼,小孩子都在玩水,大人在旁邊烤肉聊天!

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