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Golden Driller, Tulsa
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The Golden Driller is a 76ft, 43500lb statue of an oil worker, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is the fifth-tallest statue in the United States.OverviewIt 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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TripAdvisor
  • It is huge! Had to drive by to see it. It is at the Tulsa state fairgrounds, so there is easy parking. Took several pictures. It is just an interesting roadside attraction. 
  • On the American roads it will always be a biggest something. This one in Tulsa it also the state monument. A statue of a huge oil man. 
  • Think they do things big in Texas? Oklahoma takes a back seat to no one when it comes to a statue. In fact, "The Golden Driller" is the largest free-standing statue in the United States. This is one b...  more »
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  • Cool spot to take a picture but that's about it.
  • Fun place to take an iconic picture
  • Its a big golden driller. What more could you want?
  • Cool local landmark.
  • Iconic ! A must see !