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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.
Hugh 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.
Originally 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 have traveled most of Route 66 but this one attraction had alluded me. I am so glad I was finally able to visit the Blue Whale and meet the delightful lady who runs the gift shop. Plenty of Route 66...  more »
  • Its a quick stop but so worth it! Knowing the story behind makes it even more impressive. I was impressed with the little gift shop and people working it. They were great and I was surprised at how kn...  more »
  • Simply incredible. This is a true work of art right off the road side - you can’t miss it. The gal working was very friendly and knowledgeable about the history of the whale and property. She shared p...  more »
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  • I gave it a 4 star because I expected more. It's famous because it sits on Route 66. Granted it was free and i enjoyed the big mushrooms next to it. There is also like a Noah's ark but sits on land and it looks pretty old. About 5 miles north west off I-44 in Catoosa, Oklahoma.
  • I love it . . . One of my favorite stops on Route 66. A true functional work of art that still looks great. The nice lady who has been voluntarily working the gift shop for 8 yrs, shared the history and made me appreciate this special place even more.
  • If you want to experience Route 66 and it's history make this stop part of your experience. It's a brief stop but definitely worth the time. It's not everyday you get to see a whale in the middle of a landlocked state. You will get to walk inside the whale and be able to take some great photos.
  • This is one of those route 66 oddities. really just a strange item that is worth seeing to say you have seen it. Nothing incredibly special but the area is kept up very well and they have picnic tables and a small area to walk. Dog friendly with restrooms. Can't ask for more.
  • Cool, cute whale-shaped wooden dock on a pond. It didn't seem like it would be very safe for young kids, but okay for older ones. There's a ladder that goes up to a loft area with graffiti inside. There are nearby picnic tables and a small sandy area where younger kids can play.
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