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Golden Driller, Tulsa

Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.9/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
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 really much to do beside stare at the giant statue of the driller. It was cool/funny to see people stop for about 20 seconds take a pic and take off. We did the same. It's huge though! 
  • I always ask anyone visiting Tulsa if they have seen the Golden Driller and suggest that it's worth a stop if they haven't. All the people I have taken there have gotten a kick out of seeing it. 
  • Every picture taken of the driller, is mere optik illusion of the driller being extremely high. unfortunately for the golden driller, we visit when the state fair was in full, and just to park had the...  read more »
  • Its a big golden driller. What more could you want?
  • I don't know why this is a landmark. I hate this ugly thing.
  • Very nice. Worth seeing. It's good that things like this are restored .
  • A must see stop if you're visiting Tulsa for the first time! Take 5 minutes and go see the Golden Driller.
  • Iconic ! A must see !
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