Fun facts about BIG BRUTUS!
• Designed and built by Bucyrus-Erie for the Pittsburg & Midway (P&M) Coal Mining Company
• 150 railroad cars were needed to bring all the parts
• Bucyrus Erie Model 1850B is the only one of its kind ever built
• Largest electric shovel in the world
• 16 stories tall (160 feet)
• Weighs 11 million pounds
• Boom is 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)
On July 13, 1985, Big Brutus was dedicated as “a Museum and Memorial Dedicated to the Rich Coal Mining History in Southeast Kansas.”
In September 1987, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) designated Big Brutus a Regional Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, the 10th since 1971 to be so designated.
Big Brutus is a museum open year round. Hours vary with the season. Click to visit Big Brutus web site or call (620) 827-6177 for more information.
About the Author
Brenda Eck lives in rural Kansas. She enjoys reading, quilting, and traveling with her children, grandchildren, and friends. After retiring from teaching, she completed her first children’s book, Big Brutus, the Kansas Coal Shovel, the story of the restoration and preservation of a massive excavator near Pittsburg, Kansas.
Brenda also wrote, My Two Great Aunts, a story about personality differences. How personality differences can cause all sorts of conflicts for family members who share a home, but not for these two sisters. Aunt Mary Ann and Aunt Agnes discover life improves for both of them when they cherish their similarities and embrace their differences. In the process, they teach lessons about tolerance and appreciation of diversity.
About the Illustrator
Illustrated by Jessie Pohl.