The original driller statue first appeared in Tulsa in the 1950s during the International Petroleum Exposition (IPE). The early incarnations of the driller were built for temporary display, only appearing during an IPE.
The 1960s brought the unveiling of a permanent statue placed at the entrance to the Tulsa Fairgrounds. His skeleton was formed from steel and wire mesh and his 75-ft. tall body was sculpted from plaster. With each foot weighing a ton, the Golden Driller is firmly rooted in the Tulsa soil serving as a reminder of the days Tulsa was a giant in the petroleum world.