The Tulsa Centennial Derrick was designed by Canadian Engineer Amerit P. Goyal for the Route 66 Village. It is 154' tall and is the tallest oil derrick in North America. It was funded by the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, Tulsa Centennial Commission, Tulsa County Oklahoma, City of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a coalition of Tulsa businesses and individuals.
On August 13, 2009 workers topped out the derrick and installed a United States flag to finalize their work.
It was dedicated on October 16, 2009 by Oklahoma Speaker of the House of Representatives Chris Benge and a group of political leaders, community representatives, early oil family representatives with a "grounding ceremony". The ceremony included a special connection of grounding wires to finalize the electrical connections for the derrick.
The Red Fork Centennial Oil Derrick
-- an Official Project of the
Oklahoma Centennial Commemoration Commission
And Funded through an Act
Of the Oklahoma State House and Senate
Southwest Tulsa Legislative Delegation:
Rep. Chris Benge, Sen. Tom Adelson
Speaker of the House Former Sen. Nancy Riley
Rep. Lucky Lamons Sen. Dan Newberry
Situated on a Portion of the Original Allotment
Which produced the Sue Bland #1 Discovery Well
Site Purchased/Prepared by the City of Tulsa, Tulsa County