Catoosa is a cozy town just 15 miles east of Tulsa, famously best known to non-locals as home to the legendary Blue Whale—a beloved landmark along Historic Route 66 that has been featured in many Hollywood blockbusters. But the small population of about 7,500 residents know there is so much more to love about living here.
The Atlantic and Pacific Railroad laid tracks in the late 1800s, which brought early residents who established the livestock industry in Catoosa. It stayed a relatively small town until 1971 when the Tulsa Port of Catoosa opened and caused a residential and economic boom.
Living in Catoosa is ideal for families of all shapes and sizes. Working professionals can enjoy the 11th lowest cost of living for a suburb in Oklahoma, while being a short drive to an abundance of employment opportunities in the Tulsa metro. The younger residents in town may either attend the Catoosa Public Schools or Verdigris Public Schools, depending on which district their neighborhood falls in.
There are plenty of ways to spend free time with family and friends in Catoosa. History buffs can check out the D.W. Correll Museum, with two buildings full of a wide variety of artifacts. From antique automobiles and vintage gas pumps to an extensive collection of glassware, gems, minerals, and seashells from around the world, there is something for everyone at the distinct museum. Visitors can also pose for a picture in front of the museum’s colorful mural that highlights popular museum characteristics that can be found inside. Housed in the old train depot that helped make Catoosa the town it is today is the Catoosa Historical Society Museum. There you will see vintage photographs, a train depot logbook, and more that helps paint the picture of why Catoosa is such a special, history-rich suburb outside Tulsa.
Catoosa is also home to the Hard Rock Casino, which features two hotels, several restaurants, a golf course, a concert hall, and more. It hosts annual events like the annual Cherokee Art Market and the International Cherokee Film Festival. Travelers around the world stop in to enjoy the fun at the Hard Rock Casino, but it is also the ideal spot for the ultimate resident staycation.
Families can spend lots of time outside in Catoosa’s well-maintained public parks and explore the Redbud Valley Nature Preserve by hiking or bird watching along the trails.
With all Catoosa has to offer, Oklahoma’s Favorite Builder is the perfect addition to this charming Oklahoma location!