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The Golden Driller, Tulsa

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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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  • 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.  more »
  • Saw this on TripAdvisor and had to stop. He’s huge. What a fun little photo op. Quick and easy to get in and out of the parking lot.  more »
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  • I have so many amazing memories as a child going to the Tulsa State Fair or Expo Center for various shows. It is an absolutely amazing Route 66 statue and part of the history and culture of Tulsa. I have met people from all around the world who've come to Tulsa just to view the Tulsa Golden Driller.
  • I have lived within a mile of our ever faithful Golden Driller statue my entire life. I love seeing him in his gigantic t-shirt every year during the fair. He's always standing tall and, at night, shining brightly. My siblings and I all have our pics, as little kids, perched on his boot looking like little ants. He always makes me feel like I'm home safe.

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