This was one of our favorite stops. It is a popular roadside attraction along the infamous Route 66.
Not only is this a very picturesque spot but there is a lot of history behind it. Unfortunately due to prohibitive insurance costs, swimming is no longer allowed. An unfortunate sign of our times.
The whale is actually a dock that extends out into the pond. It includes a diving platform on the tail and slides on each side. Note that the people to the right were there fishing off the side with their children.
It was built by Hugh S. Davis in the early 1970’s as an anniversary gift for his wife. The pond was a swimming hole for his friends and family for years. It is currently owned by his surviving family and run by volunteers who donate their time to keep this treasure available for the public to come see.
While the grounds are open to walk around the picnic grounds and walk out onto the whale, there is much more. We were very fortunate to run into Linda who has been a long time volunteer. She not only gave us some of the history of the Blue Whale, she also gave us a private tour of the zoo next door that actually preceded the building of the Blue Whale.
She also is a children’s book writer and illustrator in her own right.
This is the famous ark from the zoo that occupied the grounds adjacent to the pond where the Blue Whale is. In its prime it housed small animals. It also had space where children’s birthday parties were held. It is currently in need of funds to restore it to its glory days.
If you come by this spot you are almost obligated to add your signature to the picnic table just outside the gift shop.
This is a great place to visit if you are visiting the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. Don’t forget to check out the old zoo next door. Check with the volunteers before doing so. Your help is needed to keep this a part of Americana.
For more information about the history of and the restoration of the Blue Whale please go to the following link below. Any contributions you make will help restore a small part of this country’s past.
Linda can be reached at:
P.O. Box 66, Catoosa, OK 74015