The famous U.S. Route 66 was established in 1926 and nicknamed the Mother Road by some. The highway runs from Illinois through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. There are several attractions along the route to entertain travelers. One of the various attractions is the Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma.
The Blue Whale is the romantic gesture and creation of Hugh S. Davis, a zoologist, for his wife and eventually put to use by his grandchildren. Over the years the Blue Whale and the pond it rests within were used by the community as a swimming spot during the warm summer months.
I know it might sound surprising, but this is the first time David and I have seen the Blue Whale in person. The Blue Whale is easy to find as it is located directly next to the highway. There is a gravel parking lot and a simple gated entrance to the small park next to the pond and highway attraction. There is a small gift shop, picnic tables, and restrooms.
The Blue Whale is approximately 46 years old and has been renovated over the years. It is pretty cool to walk inside the large structure. I can only imagine how magical it could feel as a child to enter something so unique.
If you are travelling along the famous highway and plan to travel through Catoosa, it would be a great photo opportunity to stop by the Blue Whale.
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