The Five Tallest Statues in the South

1. The Golden Driller, Tulsa, OK (map)

Height: 76 feet
Constructed: 1953
Claim to Fame: Largest freestanding statue in the world

2. Giraffe Statue, Dallas Zoo, Dallas, TX (map)

Height: 67 feet, 6 inches
Constructed: 1997
Claim to Fame: Tallest statue in Texas

3. "A Tribute to Courage" (Statue of Sam Houston), Huntsville, TX (map)

Height: 67 feet
Constructed: 1994
Claim to Fame: World’s tallest statue of an American hero

4. Christ of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR (map)

Height: 67 feet
Constructed: 1966
Claim to Fame: Sculpted by the late Emmet Sullivan, one of the artisans who sculpted Mount Rushmore

5. The Vulcan, Birmingham, AL (map)

Height: 56 feet
Constructed: 1904
Claim to Fame: Largest cast iron statue in the world and the largest metal statue ever made in the United States.

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COMMENTS

  1. Larry

    Fun post. It’s worth noting that the Dallas Zoo’s giraffe only tops Sam Houston by six inches. The winning margin is the animal’s extended tongue. And if you think that’s an accident, you need to spend more time in Texas! Sam Houston fans are still cursing crying foul.

    June 6, 2008 at 9:41 am
  2. Matt

    It’s funny you mention that, Larry. When I called the zoo I asked them about that, and the representative with whom I spoke said, playfully, that she could neither confirm nor deny that allegation.
    Gotta love Texas.

    June 6, 2008 at 10:08 am
  3. art

    I’ve been to all but the ‘Golden Driller’ and he’s now on my list.

    June 9, 2008 at 8:38 am
  4. vinus

    Wow! really awesome. Good work. It’s really very interesting……

    July 1, 2008 at 1:47 am
  5. mitch c

    Question???What about the giant stuatue in historic St.Augustine Fl. expected to see it.?

    August 10, 2008 at 8:52 am