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Golden Driller - Giant Oil Man Statue

4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sun 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms
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“tallest man in america”

In a long-ago and more bountiful time, Tulsa, Oklahoma, sat atop the world's largest known pool of oil. Drilling derricks were everywhere -- even on the lawn of the state capitol -- and the city called itself "Oil Capital of the World."To celebrate this good fortune, a giant roustabout was built on the Tulsa Fairgrounds in 1953. Dubbed "The Golden Driller," he resembled an oversized brass statuette, with a big grin on his face, his tin hat tipped back in a rakish skew, and his gloved right hand raised in a kind of limp-wristed OK sign. The statue proved so popular that it returned permanently to the Fairgrounds in 1966 -- only in a new version that was very different from the original: ballet-slender, muscles ripped under skin-tight clothing, and a face that was a chiseled mask of Teutonic invincibility. Still, it was big and it was gold (well, mustard-yellow), and Tulsa embraced it as its own. One of the tallest statues in America, the Golden Driller has survived tornadoes and turbulent oil markets.

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Reviewed by
hairrell

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 19, 2017
Rated 3.0

Cool picture stop

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Jimbo5857

  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 07, 2014
Rated 4.0

This is the perfect place to take your profile pic.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
carrielynnj

  • 10 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 23, 2014
Rated 4.0

This was ok. I would suggest going on the weekend when something is going on at the River Expo.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
WorldTraveler

  • 159 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 23, 2018
Rated 4.0

It's a great photo opp stop. We like visiting world's biggest things when traveling around the U.S. Often the statues like this have meaning and represent the culture of the area, which is nice. It was easy to find/see since it's so tall and located at the Tulsa Fairgrounds. It's definitely worth a stop if in the area.

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Reviewed by
cfields2012

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 11, 2018
Rated 3.0

What you see is what you get.

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Reviewed by
FarmerGrl45

  • 21 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
June 25, 2018
Rated 3.0

Fun spot to take a quick pic in front of a popular Tulsa icon w/ free parking. Perfect if you are visiting the city but it's not what i would consider a destination. We went on a weekday morning and there were only a few families there.

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Reviewed by
doh77

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 13, 2018
Rated 4.0

Stop here to take a quick picture and there was a Sno-Cone shopwhich hit the spot in this hot weather!

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Reviewed by
Edmondson

  • 19 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
June 09, 2018
Rated 5.0

Pretty cool to see this huge Oil Driller and to learn the history behind it; although I like to Off the beaten path quirky things.

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Reviewed by
MeeshaRene

  • 12 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

This guy is HUGE!!! He's right in front of where they have a flea market and a dog park. We saw lots of dogs. Great photo op here!

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Reviewed by
ranidab

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 08, 2016
Rated 4.0

We were told that the photo frame is new. Worth a quick stop as we're driving through town.

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Golden Driller - Giant Oil Man Statue

4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, Oklahoma
74114 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Free Parking
  • Yes Parking
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