Big Brutus

Address: 6509 NW 60th St., West Mineral, Kansas. County/parish: Cherokee.

NRIS 100001945

Added to the National Register of Historic Places January 05, 2018.

Also known as:

  • 18508 Bucyrus-Erie Electric Coal Mining Shovel
  • KHRI #021-495

From Wikipedia:

Big Brutus

Big Brutus is the nickname of the Bucyrus-Erie model 1850-B electric shovel, which was the second largest of its type in operation in the 1960s and 1970s. Big Brutus is the centerpiece of a mining museum in West Mineral, Kansas where it was used in coal strip mining operations. The shovel was designed to dig from 20 to 69 feet (6.1 to 21.0 m) down to unearth relatively shallow coal seams, which would themselves be mined with smaller equipment.

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Architects:

  • Bucyrus-Erie

National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/100001945

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