The Golden Driller

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On a recent visit to Tulsa, I just had to stop by this giant quirky statue known as “The Golden Driller”.

It was built back in 1953 by the Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth for the International Petroleum Exposition. The statue became such a hit that it was donated to the city of Tulsa where it remains today. As you can see, the driller’s right hand rests on an oil derrick which came from a former 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.”

While I’m probably not the best to show a contrast of size – I stand 5 feet 7 inches and barely hover over the foot!