UNIVERSITY RECOGNITION: Oklahoma State University’s Pistol Pete shows his support of OSUIT’s new bronze statue of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, which was unveiled Oct. 26.
ROSSY GILLE for GTR Newspapers
On Oct. 26, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology held a dedication ceremony for the new Pistol Pete Plaza and unveiled a bronze statue of Frank “Pistol Pete” Eaton, honoring the man who has become the symbol and mascot of Oklahoma State University. The event was held on Eaton’s birthday.
The 12-foot-tall statue stands on a 6-foot-tall stone base and sits at the campus’ south entrance.
The statue was sculpted by Oklahoma artist Wayne Cooper, who has shown pieces in galleries and museums all over the world. Cooper specializes in western art on large canvases and larger-than-life sculptures.
Cooper’s original Pistol Pete statue stands in Perkins, Oklahoma: Eaton’s hometown.
OSUIT President Bill Path says that he learned about Cooper and his statue after Vice President of Fiscal Services Jim Smith visited the Oklahoma Territorial Plaza in Perkins and saw the Pistol Pete sculpture.
“With this statute in place, no one can mistake that OSUIT in Okmulgee is a true campus of ,” Path says. “This statue will become a source of pride for our campus and a popular backdrop and symbol for the university.”