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No Fishing Don't Ask Located North of
Catoosa, Oklahoma USA
off of Historic Route 66

The Blue Whale Photo Album


History

   Built in the early 1970's by Hugh Davis and Harold Thomas as a wedding anniversary gift to Hugh Davis' wife, Zelta. The Blue Whale was Hugh's retirement project, set in a spring-fed pond on their property. Constructed from sucker rod pipe and concrete and painted it blue. "Blue whales are the kindest of the species" explained Zelta.

   Davis intended the whale only for his family, but kids were going to sneak in for a dip anyway, so he hired lifeguards, opened a snack stand, and began to charge a small fee. The interior of the whale was left open so that swimmers could climb in and out of its grinning mouth to diving boards on the wooden platform on top of the tail. Tons and tons of sand were trucked in to create a sand beach where concrete picnic tables and seating were constructed around the shore.

   By 1988 the swimming park was more than the Davises wanted to handle and the park was closed. Mr. Davis passed away in 1990, his wife, Zelta still lives nearby.

Restoration

   The Blue Whale was restored to its former glory in 1997 by donations from the private sector, the Chamber of Commerce and volunteers

You can contact the Catoosa Chamber of Commerce
at: 918-266-6042.

Photo Album

NOTE: for a larger image of the thumb nails below, just single click on the image and a new window will pop-up, click on the "Close" button when finished.

bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Before Restoration
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
After Restoration.
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Picnic Area
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Looking From the Tail
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Looking From the Head
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Looking at the Open Mouth.
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Inside the Mouth.
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Looking at the Mouth, Slide on the left.
bluewhale Park, catoosa Oklahoma
Picnic Tables, Blue Whale in the background.
 

The Blue Whale in Catoosa, Oklahoma