Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma
Blue Whale, Catoosa, Oklahoma | Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Carol M. Highsmith

Along the famed Route 66 highway outside Catoosa, Oklahoma, sprouts one of the road’s quirkiest attractions – a giant smiling blue whale beckoning travelers to stop by and pay a visit. Known simply as the “Blue Whale of Catoosa,” this eccentric roadside creation has become an iconic piece of nostalgic Americana.

Hugh Davis constructed The Whale in the early 1970s as an elaborate anniversary gift for his wife, Zelta, an avid whale collector. Transforming their small spring-fed pond into a local swimming hole complete with picnic tables and lifeguards, the couple opened “Nature’s Acres” to delight visitors. The park expanded over the years to include an animal reptile kingdom, trading post, and appearances by Chief Wolf-Robe Hunt, an esteemed Native American artist.

Inside the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma
Inside the Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma | Photo Credit: Wikipedia – TheWhitePelican

By the late 80s, mounting repairs it forced the Davises to close down. A decade of neglect left the Blue Whale crumbling and forlorn. But thanks to preservation efforts by Catoosa residents, this enduring symbol of roadside whimsy was restored to its original brilliant blue. Now proudly greeting Route 66 wayfarers again, the Catoosa Blue Whale remains a beloved and eccentric piece of Oklahoma history. Tales of its construction never fail to bring a smile along the Mother Road.

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