Big Brutus Museum
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.
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.
This place was great for those that love machines and/or history. The size of Big Brutus can not be appreciated until you experience it first hand. If you go, I suggest you plan to have plenty of time for checking everything out, and reading all the signs. There is a documentary movie you can watch also. I'm very glad we went there as a family. My son was 14 at the time.
Absolutely loved it. Brought me back to when I was a child and visited here. The lady was great and wonderful and help. Was great in helping me pick out gifts for my friends and her children. Was a little disappointed that you can no longer go up into the boom. I was really looking forward to the view.
Other than the giant bee hive with bees in it, everything was great. The workers are very kind, helpful, and nice. I would recommend it.
Staff is friendly and has a great sense of humor. I enjoyed my visit. A very nice place to visit. Awe inspiring what we can do when we put our minds to a task.