Home of the Big Iron Overland Rally and many other amazing events, this land mark is incredible. The statistics give the hard cold picture —Bucyrus Erie model 1850B – 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.
In 2018 Big Brutus was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Big Brutus is a museum open year round. Hours vary with the season. Call (620)-827-6177 for more information.