The Golden Driller was never meant to be a permanent installation, but more than 60 years after its construction, this giant is a Tulsa icon. His belt buckle may now be sponsored by Ford and his oil derrick draped in a Pepsi banner, but the scale of this 75-foot-tall giant is something you need to experience in person.
“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.
Cool picture stop
This is the perfect place to take your profile pic.
This was ok. I would suggest going on the weekend when something is going on at the River Expo.
Fun picture. Worth it and very easy to find.
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.
What you see is what you get.
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.
Stop here to take a quick picture and there was a Sno-Cone shopwhich hit the spot in this hot weather!
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.
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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