The Blue Whale of Catoosa

The Blue Whale of Catoosa

The Blue Whale of Catoosa is one of many Route 66 landmarks that has been saved from disrepair.

It took Hugh Davis and Harold Thomas two years, between 1970 and 1972, to create the giant beached whale, as an anniversary gift for Hughs wife.
The artwork was built in a lake on their property.


The Blue Whale of Catoosa is built with concrete covered wood on a steel pipe frame.

The whale attracted large crowds, who came to swim and dive of the structure, so Davis chose to build a snackbar on the shore, and created a little beach with sand he had driven to their lake.

Hugh Davis closed down the attraction in 1988, two years before his death in 1990.

In 1997 and 2002 volunteers renovated The Blue Whale, and today it is one of the “must visit” landmarks along the Route 66.

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