The sun rises over Salem and the Oregon Pioneer atop the Capitol on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

The Oregon Pioneer, also known as the Gold Man, has been gazing over downtown Salem since 1938.

He had some company from a drone as the sun came up on Tuesday, March 30. Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography in McMinnville shared these images from his morning shoot.

The sculpture was crafted in New Jersey by sculptor Ulric Ellerhusen, who reportedly wanted to capture the pioneer spirit of those who settled the West. Ellerhusen intended the ax carried by the pioneer to be representative of those used to build a home.

The sculpture is bronze, gilded with gold.

The sun rises over Salem and the cherry trees State Capitol State Park on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

The sun rises over Salem and the cherry trees State Capitol State Park on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

The sun rises over Salem and the Oregon Pioneer atop the Capitol on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

The sun rises over Salem and the cherry trees State Capitol State Park on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

The sun rises over Salem and the Oregon Pioneer atop the Capitol on Tuesday, March 30, in this drone image taken by Jake Volz of Eagle Eye Droneography.

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