CAFEW Engineering Sights: Golden Driller

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The Golden Driller Statue stands approx. 76ft tall in front of the Tulsa Expo Center since the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This was initially built in 1952 and adopted as a state monument in 1979 by the Oklahoma Legislature.

I took a picture of the plaque which clearly states that it is “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”.

I was so happy to read how this amazing structure was built and to see it is even more exciting. I always appreciate the beauty of Art and Engineering. The structural design put into this statue in order to withstand all kinds of weather especially tornadoes. The statue rests his hand on an originally built derrick made of steel and concrete.

This statue was given a thorough inspection in 2011 and was also coated with a new layer of mustard paint that will last longer.

If you are interested in reading more about the history of this wonderful statue, see links below:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Driller

https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/2190

 

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© Ngowari Diminas

CAFEW, 2018

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