The New Year is almost here. Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!
Just before Christmas SuperPizzaBoy took a one day road trip. As previously reported we went to see the World's Tallest Totem Pole. On the way back we stopped at the Blue Whale on Route 66 in the city of Catoosa.
The Blue Whale was built by Hugh S. Davis, a former Tulsa Zoo employee, starting in late 1960's and finished in 1972 as a gift to his wife.
A welder friend of his welded the pipe framework and Mr. Davis applied the concrete one five gallon bucket at a time.
He built slides off the whale into the pond and a diving platform off the tail. He opened up the whale and pond up to the public for swimming, picnicking, and fishing. Mr. Davis is gone now and the property is owned by his children.
(SuperPizzaBoy Photo) - Notice the potbellied, bald headed, old man that looks like he is getting swallowed by the whale? That is SPB's father.
It is now maintained by the Catoosa Arts and Tourism Society. It is free of charge and they allow catch and release fishing but they don't really want you swimming there.
Mr. Davis also built other attractions on the property that are in disrepair and off limits but the remains can be seen from the parking lot.
This is the Ark that he built, he also had an alligator ranch and a praire dog village. Stuff like this intrigues me.
So if you are ever in the Tulsa area check out the Blue Whale in nearby Catoosa, right on Route 66.