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Golden Driller

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The Golden Driller is a 75-foot-tall 23 m, 43,500-pound 19,700 kg1 statue of an oil worker, in Tulsa, Oklahoma It is the fifth-tallest statue in the United States


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It 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 2 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 two3

See alsoedit

  • List of statues by height
  • List of the tallest statues in the United States


  1. ^ "Expo Square History" ExpoSquarecom Archived from the original on December 22, 2007 Retrieved January 17, 2006 
  2. ^ http://wwwtulsagalnet/2010/10/golden-drillerhtml
  3. ^ "Tulsa's Golden Driller Honored" KOTVcom Archived from the original on September 27, 2007 Retrieved October 25, 2006 

External linksedit

  • Expo Square - Home of the Golden Driller
  • Golden Driller appearance in Zippy the Pinhead comic strip from May 24, 2005

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