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Golden Driller - Giant Oil Man Statue

4145 E 21st St, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74114 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Sat 12a-11:59p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • No Public
    Restrooms

“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
MeeshaRene

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 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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Reviewed by
stblues31

  • 17 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
October 07, 2016
Rated 3.0

It's exactly what you see in the picture. Nothing more, nothing less. Slightly out of the way if your traveling 44.

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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
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