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How the DW Correll Museum came to be

Posted at 5:33 PM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 18:33:15-04

Antique cars, rocks, and all kinds of knick-knacks. 

A Catoosa man began collecting things and eventually had enough to start an entire museum. 

DW Correll had a thing for stones and minerals.

Eventually, he put it all under one roof.

2 Works for You first heard about Correll's collection from Blaine Davis, himself the overseer of a quirky Catoosa landmark, the Big Blue Whale.

He was originally from Colorado, went to California during World War II, worked on aircraft there, after the war he worked for McDonnell Douglas here in Tulsa, that's how he ended up in Oklahoma.

Eric Hamshar is the curator of the Correll Museum.

DW designed and made jewelry at one point. He loved rocks and minerals. They fill rows of cases, carefully curated with their names and where they might be found. Exotic sparkly stones from the other side of the world.

And some from just up the highway, the ones that enriched little towns in northeast Oklahoma before the plays dried up.

Correll wasn't satisfied - he wanted other stuff. He would go down mines and collect.

And along the way, he managed to snag of few old cars, too.

With bright white balloon tires, big sparkling headlights, hood ornaments to match, and simple, spotless engines.

Some were at the forefront of the automotive age.

Cadillacs used to come in original equipment purple. All of them still work, a couple might be seen in local parades. They always delight the Route 66 visitors, many of them from Europe and Asia.

But don't be in such a hurry to get someplace else down the road. You'll miss the wagons and buggies and whiskey decanters. Rocket ships and songbirds, chess pieces and the Golden Driller with chest hair.

Nineteen years after his death, DW, who gave it all to the city of Catoosa, is still showing off his stuff.

Just look for his face on the outside of the building.

And his treasures on the inside.

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