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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.


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.

Pete Reeves

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Not sure which is more impressive. Big Brutus or the staff. Both are awesome. I could spend hours starring at this massive machine. A must stop.

Ginny Ellis

Thursday, April 19, 2018
I grew up stopping by Big Brutus on road trips and just took my young sons for the first time. They loved it. We'll definitely be back.

Kinneth Hurst

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Really cool! Kids enjoyed it. It was really cold the day we went. We will try to go again when it is warmer.

Gene Curl

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018
A great historic place to visit with reasonable admission price. Big Brutus is the largest electric shovel in the world and was used for mining operations, but is now a piece of American history. In years past visitors could go all the way up to the boom, and one couple was even married there, but now, due to insurance restrictions, visitors can only go into the machine itself and not up on the crane. It is still worth visiting though.

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