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Blue Whale of Catoosa, Catoosa

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The Blue Whale of Catoosa is a waterfront structure, located just east of the town of Catoosa, Oklahoma, and it has become one of the most recognizable attractions on old Route 66.CreationHugh Davis built the Blue Whale 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 called 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. In January 1990 Mr. Davis died 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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  • A cute attraction for the family to see on route 66. This blue whale is so eclectic and original. You can climb up in it and it oversees a little pond. Very cute family photo op. There is a little Mex...  more »
  • I am glad we came across this nice spot off US Route 66. Highly recommended if you drive thru this area. Take photos and buy some souvenirs. The friendly dog will come out and greet you if you are luc...  more »
  • Stopped here and got some great pics, had a great chat with the lady there who told us all about the history of it, bought a few cool magnets and set off. Definitely worth a stop of you are travelling...  more »
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  • Wonderful, and so interesting and unusual! Nice venue, great place to stop (especially if you're driving Route 66). Be sure to check out the small gift shop - the ladies who work there are great! :)
  • This whale provided me the absolute best 15 minutes of my life. Never before have I felt so blessed to be alive. I can only thank the good people who have kept this gentle giant alive. Please visit for a life-changing experience.
  • Fun for the kids to see...don't plan for more than a ten minute stop unless you plan to fish
  • A cute sight to see on Route 66. It's a good catch and release fishing spot too!
  • This place is cute. There is picnic tables you can write your name on clean restrooms & a little gift shop. You can fish there but I think you have to throw the fish back of course I font thonk the fish are to big anyways.