Make a Splash on Route 66 at the Blue Whale of Catoosa

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

Route 66 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic scenic highways in America, but various landmarks along its path have made it a popular road trip for decades. One of the routes quirkiest attractions is the “Blue Whale of Catoosa”. This giant blue whale boasts a big smile, welcoming visitors to explore a piece of nostalgia.


The Catoosa Whale was built in the early 1970s by zoologist Hugh Davis with the help of his friend Harold Thomas. It took two years of welding and hand-mixing cement to see its completion in 1972. The whale was an anniversary gift to Hugh’s bride, Zelta. His wife was a collector of all things related to whales and the huge landmark became a symbol of his love for her and appreciation for her interests. He also hoped that his grandchildren would enjoy the whale during their visits to their place. The whale is located next to a spring fed pond that soon became a popular swimming attraction for travelers and even locals.

The Davis’ opened “Nature’s Acres”, a park that boasted swimming around the blue whale as well as a place for families and couples to picnic or spend a leisure afternoon. Over the years, the park grew to offer not only a trading post but also a reptile display. A Native American artist by the name of Chief Wolf-Robe Hunt even made occasional appearances at the park.

The Davis’ closed down the park in the late 1980s. The whale and much of the park had grown into disrepair and the construction of the interstate had led to less visitors traveling the Mother Road of Route 66. After the whale was nearly irreparable, local residents of Catoosa banded together to preserve and restore the giant blue whale.

Today, along the dusty Oklahoma roads of Catoosa, the Blue Whale still stands as an iconic landmark for visitors to snap a photo or enjoy a refreshing picnic lunch on their adventures.

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

Plan Your Visit

The Blue Whale of Catoosa is located at 2600 OK-66 in Catoosa, Oklahoma. It is on the right side of the road if headed southwest on Route 66 from Verdigris to Catoosa.

The whale is free to visit.

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