Blue Whale gift shop reopens in Catoosa

CATOOSA, Okla. — The Blue Whale gift shop reopened in Catoosa on Saturday to a crowd of happy people.

“Catoosa’s proud of the whale. We have numerous visitors here on daily basis,” said Catoosa Assistant City Manager Eddie Faulkner.

Built in 1972 by Hugh Davis as an anniversary gift to his wife Zelta, the Blue Whale is a must-stop on many Route 66 trips.

The gift shop reopened with all made-in-Oklahoma items.

If you visit the gift shop, you can sign the guest book. People from as far away as Japan and the Czech Republic have visited the Blue Whale.

“He brings nostalgia for so many people,” said Blue Whale Park Director Liz Huckleby. “People come here and they tell me stories. They proposed here, or swam here as a child.”

City leaders used the event as an opportunity to talk to people about plans to further develop and connect Catoosa attractions.

The Blue Whale is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.