The blue whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma

Posted by Jane Cruz
on Friday, March 28, 2014

These squares were stitched by members of the Okalahoma Bead Society depicting the famous Blue Whale of Catoosa, Okalahoma along historic Route 66! Get your kicks on Route 66!

We’ve received over 1,000 beaded squares for the 2014 Bead-It-Forward project. Among them is a mosaic of beaded squares submitted by The Oklahoma Bead Society that instantly made me smile. What caught my eye first was the Route 66 logo. Route 66 holds a special place in my heart because when I was a child, we traveled down Route 66 to visit our relatives in Lincoln, Illinois, and it was almost 20 years ago now that my hilarious brother, John, and I followed that historic route from Lake Shore Drive in Chicago to Albuquerque, New Mexico on one fabulous, memorable trip.  

Upon closer inspection of the squares, I noticed a blue whale. What? A blue whale in Oklahoma? I had to learn more. Fortunately, the Oklahoma Bead Society included a fascinating article about The Blue Whale of Catoosa, Oklahoma.  Here is a link to an article about Hugh Davis, the man behind this famous Route 66 icon. And now, thanks to the Oklahoma Bead Society, the Blue Whale of Catoosa is helping to raise money for breast cancer research!


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