Big Brutus (NRIS 100001945)
6509 NW 60th St.,
Kansas. County/parish: Cherokee.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places
January 05, 2018.
- 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.
National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/100001945