Tulsa, Oklahoma: Golden Driller: Titanic Oil Man

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Tulsa State Fairground

Address:
4145 E. 21st St. S., Tulsa, OK
Directions:
On the Tulsa State Fairground, at the corner of E 21st St. S. and S. Pittsburg Ave.In front of the International Petroleum Exhibition Building on the Tulsa Fairgrounds. I-244 exits 9 or 10. Drive south to E. 21st St. S., then turn east (from 9) or west (from 10). On the north side of E. 21st St. S.
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The Golden Driller.

Golden Driller: Titanic Oil Man
One of the tallest statues in America, the Golden Driller has survived tornadoes and turbulent oil markets. Roadsideamerica.com Report... [06/29/2014]

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Golden Driller.

Golden Driller: Titanic Oil Man

Amazingly huge statue! You won't miss this 76-foot-tall man. The center of the statue is said to contain the world's largest unobstructed interior volume.

[Gin, 07/27/2017]

Golden Driller.

Golden Driller: Titanic Oil Man

September, 2013: Sadly, the Golden Driller's mighty, golden torso is currently sullied with a dark T-shirt shilling for a local radio station. In addition, his oil well blazes a different ad on all four sides. Even the big GD had his price. "Pitiful, just pitiful," as another oil man, Jed Clampett was fond of saying.

[Professor Echo, 09/25/2013]

If they put a long skirt and a headdress on him there'd be even more room for ads.

Golden Driller.

Golden Driller - Family Resemblance?

It has been told to us for generations: My Great Uncle Doc was the model for the statue. Several other great uncles and Doc were the ones that moved the statue to its current location. Having been a Tulsa citizen for almost 50 years, I've seen repairs done over the years. I hope to find a picture to see if there is a resemblance.

[Dottie Randell Norton, 12/30/2010]

Uncle Doc, you will not be forgotten!

Golden Driller

The Golden Driller - that huge mustard yellow guy that stands over the Tulsa Fairgrounds...was originally not going to be a "guy" at all.

My grandmother told me the story of how my Great-Aunt Margree posed for the first statue - in the nude, no less, and holding up a flaming torch to represent the "oil" part. She was only 18 or so at the time, and was chosen for her beauty (obviously) but also because she had so many younger siblings that she looked after, so her arms were so strong from carrying them around all day that she didn't get tired holding that torch up for hours on end while the artist made a miniature sculpture.

Ultimately, however, the city went with the Golden Driller guy instead, which is probably a good thing. Although it would be fun to take people there and say "See that huge naked chick? That's my great aunt!"

[Heather, 03/01/2006]

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