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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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  • Not the largest statue you'll ever see but it is impressive nonetheless. It's kind of funny on the one hand and appropriate on the other seeing as Tulsa has such a rich history with oil production. Yo...  more »
  • Impressive landmark in front of an impressive facility. Was there to see the Chili Bowl and had a blast. 
  • I am a native tulsan. The oil industry was a big deal in Tulsa when I was young, but eventually all of the major oil companies and most of the smaller ones moved to cities in Texas. The glory days of ...  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 !