Catoosa is located in Rogers County in Oklahoma, and home to over 7,000 residents. It lies on Historic U.S. Route 66, and is 14 miles northeast of Tulsa.
The Blue Whale
Built in the early 1970s by Hugh Davis as an anniversary gift, the 20-foot tall iron and cement Blue Whale turned into a swimming park, and closed in 1988. It has now been restored by the City of Catoosa and volunteers.
Nearby is the Animal Reptile Kingdom (A.R.K.) and a wooden replica of an ark, now in disrepair and not open to the public.
Today, the Blue Whale remains one of the most popular stops on Route 66. In 2022 the attraction celebrated its 50th anniversary!
It is located at 2680 N. Highway 66, Catoosa, OK 74015.
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Blue Whale of Catoosa turns 50
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Route 66 in Catoosa
Catoosa is known far and wide as the home of the classic Blue Whale on Route 66.
But the city offers other attractions and things to do, such as the Correll Museum, Rogers Point Park, Gazebo Park, Hathaway Park, and Hambly Park.
The Rodger Berry Sports Complex is a popular venue, as it the nearby Redbud Valley Nature Preserve Center. Nearby Tulsa offers a number of additional things to do such as the Hard Rock Casino and many Route 66 attractions.
The Chief Wolf Robe Hunt Trading Post was located just across the highway from the Blue Whale. Chief Wolf Robe Hunt was a full-blooded Acoma Indian who opened the trading post here in the early 1950s, selling Indian art and silverwork. He was the brother-in-law of Hugh Davis, who built the Blue Whale. The name was later changed to the Arrowood Trading Post, and then closed in the late 1990s.
|Map of Historic Route 66 from Commerce to Tulsa showing the location of Catoosa
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Oklahoma Route 66 Passport
The Oklahoma Route 66 Passport from the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department helps Route 66 travelers find new destinations to explore and document their progress along the way. A new updated passport (yellow) is being offered beginning in 2023.
The Route 66 Passport, which is available free at TravelOK.com, features 66 of the state’s memorable Mother Road attractions. It includes iconic stops like Catoosa’s Blue Whale, Stroud’s Rock Cafe and Clinton’s Oklahoma Route 66 Museum along with many newer favorites.
Get your passport stamped at each stop, then take it to a Tourism Information Center to be verified and earn an exclusive Route 66 coin.
Both the new yellow and previous red Route 66 Passports are now available in a digital format. Download the official TravelOK Trip Planner app on the Apple App Store or Google Play to get started. When you get to each stop, you'll find a code displayed that you can enter to digitally check in.