CATOOSA, Okla. - An icon of Route 66 is back open again.
The snack bar and souvenir shop at the Blue Whale in Catoosa has undergone some renovations and repairs.
The 80 foot whale, built along a dock in a pond, was built in the 1970s. It used to have slides on it for kids to use when they swam in the water hole. No one swims in the pond anymore, but the whale has become an icon along historic Route 66.
Residents hope the renovations to the landmark's snack and souvenir stand will draw more people to town.
"The whole thing from Chicago to Santa Monica Pier, you mention the Blue Whale and people know where it it. They might not know where anything else is in Oklahoma, but they know where the Blue Whale is, and an awful lot of them stop by," said Blaine Davis, the curator.
You can buy vintage post cards at the stand, but they're not serving snacks yet. The Blue Whale will only stay open for a few weeks this year.
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