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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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  • The Golden Driller is a must see for anyone visiting Tulsa. He is a great monument to the history of Tulsa.  more »
  • This fit the bill when trying to find unique things to see off the beaten path when traveling. It's history is unusual and fun to take pictures with. Off the highway a little but still worth the stop.  more »
  • Stopped by the fairgrounds while we were checking out the horse show. I am impressed how large this is. cool site to see  more »
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  • Pretty cool, but I wouldn't want to go back for a second time.
  • 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.

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