The Spirit of Communication in Dallas, Texas (Golden Boy)

Call it “The Spirit of Communication.” Call it “Genius of Telegraphy.” Call it “Golden Boy.” Whatever you call this big golden statue in Dallas, Texas, you’ll definitely want to check it out while you’re in town.

The Spirit of Communication in Dallas, Texas (Golden Boy)

“The Spirit of Communication” features a massive, gold, Greek god-like man entwined in cables and holding out a fist full of lightening bolts. This 16-ton, 24-foot tall statue has served as the symbol of AT&T (and the former Western Electric) since 1916. It has been proudly displayed at the AT&T headquarters wherever they moved and has even been used as an image on Bell System telephone directories.

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Though known as “Golden Boy” this golden boy isn’t completely made of gold. Artist Evelyn Beatrice Longman sculpted the statue out sculpted bronze and covered it in gold leaf. Around 12,500 pieces of gold leaf.

The Spirit of Communication in Dallas, Texas (Golden Boy)

The sculpture was originally called “Genius of Telegraphy” but later the name was changed to “The Spirit of Communication.” Though, most people just call it, “Golden Boy.”

The golden statue was commissioned in 1914 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone and Telegraph. Unveiled in 1916, it originally shone bright on top of the AT&T Corporate Headquarters building at 195 Broadway in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City.

The Spirit of Communication in Dallas, Texas (Golden Boy)

Throughout the years, as AT&T operations moved, the sculpture moved with them. In 1984 it moved to the foyer of 550 Madison Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. In 1992, it moved to New Jersey.

In 2009 the sculpture followed an AT&T acquisition again, to Whitacre Tower in Dallas, Texas. It was later moved to a prominent outside position in the AT&T Discovery District in Downtown Dallas.

The Spirit of Communication in Dallas, Texas (Golden Boy)

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The Spirit of Communication (Golden Boy)

Address: 311 S Akard St, Dallas, TX 75202
Cost: Free to See
Hours: Always Visible

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Call it "The Spirit of Communication." Call it "Genius of Telegraphy." Call it "Golden Boy." Whatever you call this big golden statue in Dallas, Texas, you'll definitely want to check it out while you're in town. This roadside attraction is the symbol of AT&T - visit it on a Texas road trip and add it to your Dallas vacation itinerary. #RoadTrip #texasRoadTrip #RoadsideAttraction #RoadsideAttractions #TexasRoadsideAttraction #TexasRoadsideAttractions #Dallas #DallasTexas #Texas

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Valerie Bromann is a a website manager, content creator, and writer from Chicago, Illinois (currently living in Dallas, Texas). As an avid road tripper who has visited hundreds of roadside attractions, Val always pull over for a world’s largest thing. Founder of Silly America and author of The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book, she visits, photographs, and writes about all the weird tourist destinations she visits and offers road trip planning advice and inspiration based on her own travels so you can hit the road for yourself.

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The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book - Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip! By Valerie Bromann

The Road Trip Journal & Activity Book

Everything You Need to Have and Record an Epic Road Trip!

BY Valerie Bromann

Enjoy fun games and challenges to pass the time on your next road trip and have a keepsake to look back on for years to come with this entertaining must-have for your next vacation.

The road trip you’ve been dreaming of starts here! Journal about your stops and get to know your fellow passengers with activities and exercises designed to pass the time and bring you closer together. Instead of “Are we there yet?” you’ll find yourself asking, “We’re there already?”. Complete with prompts you can turn to while driving between locations, this journal will one day be a memento of your life-changing trip.