SEEN: The Golden Driller, one of Tulsa’s most iconic landmarks
BY CHRISTOPHER SMITH
Sunday, February 10, 2013
2/10/13 at 5:51 AM
Editor's note: Seen is a weekly feature showcasing the work of a Tulsa World photojournalist.
The Golden Driller is one of Tulsa's most iconic landmarks. Over time he has gone from a symbolic figure for what built this city to one of Tulsa's hippest brands.
You can find the big guy gracing hipster threads and even becoming a delivery vessel for beer.
I can remember being fascinated with the concrete and fiberglass giant as a kid. Now my son is equally thrilled to see him every time we pass on 21st Street.
Part of being an icon is being well-documented, and the Driller is no exception. The Tulsa World recently rediscovered photos of the Golden Driller being installed. It prompted us to take a look back at the ways we've shot the beloved giant. Purchase any of the pictures by calling PictureThis, 918-732-8198.
The Golden Driller lies on the ground in this 1966 file photo.
An earlier version of the Golden Driller lies on the
ground in 1959. Tulsa World file
Pigeons land on the head of the Golden Driller. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World file
A crane, right, lifts the statue in 1966.
Tulsa’s early version of the Golden Driller, at right, is
hoisted onto an oil derrick in 1959.
Fireworks light up the sky behind the Golden Driller
during the Bell’s Amusement Park fireworks show in 2000. Tulsa World file
A commemorative Golden Driller, below left, is filled with
beer during the Tulsa State Fair. JOHN CLANTON/ Tulsa World file