Northeast Peach Shortage Might Put a Damper on Your Peach Cobbler Plans



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Mid-February freeze decimated peach crop in several northeast states

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Fruit tree field specialists say that some states lost 90 percent or more of their peach crop.

If the Madagascar vanilla shortage wasn’t enough to dash your plans for making the ultimate peach cobbler à la mode, a major peach shortage in the Northeast might just push you over the edge.

A mid-winter warm spell and two deep freezes are to blame, according to Modern Farmer, as “things like peaches, apricots, they start to come out pretty quick as soon as it gets warm out,” said Steven Clarke of Prospect Hill Orchards, located in Milton, New York.

Fruit tree field specialists say that the states of New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts lost 90 percent or more of their peach crop. Even worse, some peach trees did not survive the harsh weather. Rick Lawrence of Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York, said, “We lost quite a few peach trees ourselves. I know some of the other growers were hit pretty hard.”

Some farmers will have to resort to buying peaches from other regions in the United States in order to have product to sell to their customers, though at a higher price.


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


A history of Route 66's famous Blue Whale – and the outlaw Blue Duck

About 17 miles northeast of Tulsa, Okla., is the small town of Catoosa, which straddles Rogers and Wagoner counties. The city, with a population about 7,000, would likely be known only for its main source of jobs – the Tulsa Port of Catoosa – if not for its strange relationship to the color blue.

Catoosa's biggest claims to fame are the Blue Whale roadside attraction and being the birthplace of the infamous outlaw, Blue Duck.

Bluford "Blue" Duck (1858-1895) was depicted in the book and mini-series, "Lonesome Dove." Blue was one of Belle Starr's lovers and, after she married Sam Starr, he became one of her gang members, according to Legends of America. He was eventually captured for his numerous crimes but was pardoned after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He returned to Catoosa, where he died and was buried in Dick Duck Cemetery. Local legend says the cemetery is haunted by his spirit.

Blue Duck with Belle Starr in the 1880s.Public Domain | Wikimedia Commons

To visit Blue Duck's grave: Section D, Grave 4 in Dick Duck Cemetery at the intersection of East Avenue and Pine Street in Catoosa.

The Blue Whale

It would be nearly a century before the arrival of Catoosa's next blue claim-to-fame and one of Route 66's most visited attractions: the Blue Whale. It was built by Hugh S. Davis as an anniversary gift for Zelta Davis.

The Blue Whale in 1995.John Margolies | Library of Congress

He added a slide on the side of the whale that dumped into the pong. According to Travel Oklahoma, Davis "envisioned the whale as a special place where his grandchildren could play and swim in the nearby pond. His sketches of the mammal grew until they reached 20 feet tall and 80 feet long. With the help of a friend, Harold Thomas, the duo spent two years welding the metal framework and applying the hand-mixed cement, one five-gallon bucket at a time. After the whale's completion in July 1972, it attracted visitors from all over and became a place where people swam, fished and picnicked."

Interior of the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Davis also built picnic tables and chairs with whale-shaped bases.

Davis died in 1990. People can no longer swim in the pond but the Blue Whale is still owned and operated as a tourist attraction and fishing hole by Davis' daughter.

Sign at the Blue WhaleTheWhitePecan | Wikimedia Commons

Visitors can walk through the whale's open mouth to see its interior. Travel Oklahoma says "you'll find a small ladder leading into a secret compartment in the whale's head."

To visit the Whale: 2680 North Highway 66, Catoosa, Okla., phone 918-232-5098


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