Big Brutus


Tall as a 16-story building, wide as a six-lane highway and weighing in at 11 million pounds, Big Brutus is one of the largest electric shovels in the world--of those still in existence. Though retired from service in 1974, today the leviathan stands as a memorial and museum dedicated to the coal mining heritage of southeast Kansas. In its heyday, when picking up and dropping bites of earth as big as a house, the "thunder" it caused could be heard 15 miles away, 24 hours a day. Visitors are welcome to tour Big Brutus' innards and sit in the enormous control room. Big Brutus welcomes visitors year-round. Days and hours vary seasonally. An admission fee is charged. The visitor center has changing exhibits and includes a gift shop.


6509 NW 60th St
West Mineral, KS 66782


37.27341900, -94.93826900
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(620) 827-6177

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