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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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  • I wish we had come in the summer, when the kids could have jumped off of the whale and enjoyed the pond. But it was a great stop anyway! How amazing this creation must have been in its heyday! We all ...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • I LOVE the Blue Whale and have so many sweet memories of swimming there as a young teenager in the 70's and am delighted that so many people traveling along Rte 66 love it too! The Ark that's on the property used to be a great place for Birthday Parties as well. There was even a snake pit!
  • 🎶🎶Livin' on Tulsa Time.🎶🎶 Or borrowed time. Cool and quirky stop along America's favorite road. Great for picnics or taking a break from the road. It's a F5 Whalenado. The F is for fun. 🐳🐳🐋🐋
  • I love the feeling of serenity that seems to go with the large blue whale... Maybe it's because I can sit on the tail or have a picnic lunch. Catch a fish and turn it lose. I love the rich history that is part of this place. Stop and smile.
  • Kids love this stop. It is free. As a grown up, you may not get much out of it. Don't miss the mushroom art next to it 😉
  • My rating is for fun for kids tween and below:) They will have a great time. But watch them closely.
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