The Catoosa Blue Whale - Catoosa, OK
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Team Farkle 7
N 36° 11.600 W 095° 43.967
15S E 254274 N 4008854
Quick Description: The World Famous Catoosa Blue Whale
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:21:38 AM
Waymark Code: WM5481
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
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Long Description:
Built by Hugh Davis in the early 1970's as an anniversary gift to his wife Zelta. The Blue Whale and its pond became a favorite swimming hole for both locals and travelers along Route 66 alike.

By 1988, the Davises found that they could no longer handle the management of the attraction and it was closed. In 1990 Mr. Davis died. The park soon fell into disrepair, crumbling from neglect and weather. However, a decade later, the Route 66 landmark benefited from fund-raising and volunteer efforts by citizens of Catoosa along with Hampton Inn employees. The Blue Whale was given a fresh coat of paint and the picnic area has been restored.

On July 15, 2002, the Blue Whale made a national appearance in the syndicated comic strip Zippy the Pinhead.

Marker Text:
Built in the early 70's as an anniversary gift, the Blue Whale turned into a swimming park and closed in 1988.
County: Rogers County

Record Address::
Route 66
Catoosa, OK USA

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Date Erected: 2000

Sponsor (Who put it there): Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark Program

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