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Golden Driller Statue, 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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  • It is an interesting feature if Tulsa and good if you want a 10 minute photo opportunity or you are at the show grounds anyway.  more »
  • I was told I could not leave Tulsa without visiting the Golden Driller. Glad I stopped to see it. WOW- very big  more »
  • We had to drive by the Golden Driller as it is another iconic Route 66 must see in Tulsa. It has had some work done to it recently, I believe.  more »
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  • I thought Oklahoma was a worthless state but actually its pretty intresting im happy to be a Boomer Sooner!
  • interesting site. a piece of time in Oklahoma's journey.
  • Great Tulsa Icon!! Every time I drive by with my Granddaughter she says "there's Daddy" (my Son is in the oil field business)!
  • Cool spot to take a picture but that's about it.
  • Its a big golden driller. What more could you want?