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Big Brutus Museum

6509 North West 60th Street

Big Brutus put the oooohs and aaahs in the backyard of the Heartlands!!! Miles before you reach this retired giant — you can see it on the horizon south of West Mineral, Kansas. Standing beside it makes one aware of how fragile he or she is.

The statistics give the hard cold picture:

- Bucyrus Erie model 1850B
- Second largest electric shovel in the world
- 16 stories tall (160 feet)
- Weight 11 million pounds
- Boom 150 feet long
- Dipper capacity 90 cu. yds (by heaping, 150 tons enough to fill three railroad cars.)
- Maximum speed .22 MPH
- Cost $6.5 million (in 1962)

There is more to Big Brutus than cold steel and long shadows falling across the Mined Land Wildlife Area. Big Brutus is not just a symbol of the past, but an eternal tribute to the mining heritage of Southeast Kansas and to miners all across this nation who toiled to support their families.

On July 13, 1985, Big Brutus was dedicated as "a Museum and Memorial Dedicated to the Rich Coal Mining History in Southeast Kansas."

In September 1987 The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) designated Big Brutus a Regional Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the 10th since 1971 to be so designated.


Steel Edge

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
This is the biggest thing I've ever seen in my life on land! I have friends that said when they were small 50 years ago that whenever this thing powered up the lights in their houses flickered due to the current draw! The kids and everyone in your party will love this stop.

David Buchholz

Sunday, July 1, 2018
A Great Site to and inside the Building was lots of information and the Women at the Cash Register had alot more information that was interesting. Just wish it wouldn't of rained so, we could of seen more. We'll be back for sure to see more.

Brad Espenshade

Sunday, July 8, 2018
I love anything that has to do with big machines, history and exploration. You get all three here, I am so glad that I found this on Google maps when I was looking for things to do. An absolute must if your kids are into anything train, truck, or machine related.

Kristine Elliott

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I remember coming here as a kid. So I brought my own kids to share the memory. They loved it too!

Susan Taylor

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Fascinating insight into the world of strip mining. This electric-powered monstrous piece of machinery is something to behold. With comparable other artifacts from the period, this gives you a glimpse into the past and the wonders of mans ingenuity and ability to transform the world around him.

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