Route 66- The Great Blue Whale of Catoosa

In the plains of Oklahoma, there lives a whale- one of my favorite roadside attractions I’ve been to in the U.S. He once was part of a swimming park which closed in 1988 and now resides as a tourist attraction on Route 66. The Blue Whale was built by Hugh Davis in the early 1970’s as an anniversary gift to his wife, Zelta Davis. He originally planned for it to be a family swimming park, but he opened it to the public a few years later after he realized how much locals loved it.

The perfect pit stop when traveling on Route 66. On site, there is a small gift shop to buy some whale trinkets as well as a few food huts to grab a bite to eat. You may step into the whales mouth and walk to the end of it’s tail. There is also a second story if your daring enough to climb to get to it’s blow holes!

Traveling down Route 66 was a wonderful and unique journey that we will never forget. Click here to read about another one of our Route 66 findings, The Redneck Castle. Stay tuned for more!

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The Redneck Castle

“The Redneck Castle” might be the oddest stop on Route 66. Formerly the City Meat Market, it is the oldest building in Erick, OK now known as the Sandhills Curiosity Shop owned by a man named Harley. Harley loves to perform and entertain his visitors while he takes you for a personalized tour of his shop and home with his vibrant and unique personality. What is even more unique is the things he and his wife have collected over the years.

His shop, yard, and house have tons of Americana memorabilia, yet nothing is for sale. See the artifacts and antiques from old Route 66 that has been slowly disappearing over the years. Harley will even add in a song or two with his guitar. At the end of your tour, be sure to offer tips as he doesn’t charge a tour and admission fee.

Photo taken by: Shane Biichle

If you are driving down Route 66, stop by this hidden gem for a once in a lifetime date. It certainly won’t be the romantic kind, but definitely a date you will remember.

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