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Big Brutus, West Mineral

#32 of 153 in Museums in Kansas
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
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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  • We decided to visit Big Brutus on our way to Oklahoma. You can see the dang thing from miles away, it's so big! There's a small museum you can go thru before you go outside for the main attraction...  more »
  • Impressive machine. It is in a very remote location, but you can see it poking up above the treeline when you are close, which should tell you something! You explore on your own, and it definitely is....  more »
  • I took two older gentleman to Big Brutus today and they really enjoyed their visit. We learn so much stuff and watching the video they have in the museum is worth it. You learn a lot of things about the construction of Big Brutus. We were able to climb up into Big Brutus and check out some of the major systems of the big giant including sitting in the seat where the controller sat. Keep in mind that all ages can enjoy this attraction but if you want to get inside of the unit you're going to have to climb several ladders that might be difficult for older people. We all thought that it was a very unique attraction and worth the visit. As of 9/11/ 2019 an adult ticket was $8 senior citizen was $7.50 each.
  • My kids loved stopping to see Big Brutus. They loved being able to climb up stairs inside and sit in the control room. If you have a chance, stop and see this great piece of history.

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