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The Golden Driller, Tulsa

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Monument · Tourist Spot
The Golden Driller is a 75ft, 43500lb statue of an oil worker, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is the fifth-tallest statue in the United States.
It was originally built in 1952 by the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth for the International Petroleum Exposition. Six years later, it was temporarily erected again for the 1959 show. Due to the positive attention it attracted, the company donated the statue to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds Trust Authority which had it anatomically redesigned and permanently installed in front of the Tulsa Expo Center for the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition. The statue's right hand rests on an oil derrick which had been moved from a depleted oil field in Seminole, Oklahoma.
An inscription at the base of the statue reads: "The Golden Driller, a symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition. Dedicated to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God's abundance a better life for mankind."
In 1979, the Golden Driller was adopted by the Oklahoma Legislature as the state monument.
As part of an online promotional contest sponsored by Kimberly-Clark in October 2006, the Golden Driller was named the grand prize as a top ten "quirkiest destination" in the United States, winning its nominator a $90,000 international vacation for two.
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  • Big tall golden man! An absolute Tulsa icon. A good spot to stop and stretch your legs for 10-15 minutes and get a couple of pictures. He was wearing a mask during these troubled times so he didn't...  more »
  • He's become a Tulsa icon. But what is there to say about the Golden Driller? You just drive by the big guy and there he is. He's easily visible from the street. You can't miss him. He's on the...  more »
  • I think the Golden Driller is such a cool landmark in Tulsa. I love how it shows Tulsa's history as the "oil capital of the world". It seems like a lot of things are named after this one statue (sports teams, sushi rolls, etc.), which I think is kind of cool.You can find him right outside the Expo building. This is where the fairgrounds are every year in the fall. In the summer, you can visit the Golden Driller and enjoy one of the best snow cone shacks right next to it while you're at it.
  • Super easy to access roadside attraction, just off Route 66. Parking is very accessible, just off the road. Not a crowded attraction. The history of the statue is interesting enough. Get a photo.

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