Monday, June 23, 2014

Motoring Monday: Big Brutus


Named one of The 8 Wonders of Kansas Commerce,  Big Brutus is the largest electric coal shovel in the world and is located about 13 miles northwest of Columbus. Big Brutus never took a day off as it ran 24/7 shifts from 1963 to 1974.

A few facts about Big Brutus:

  • 16 stories tall (160 feet)
  •  Weighs 11 million pounds
  •  150-foot boom
  •  Dipper capacity of 90 cubic yards (about 150 tons – enough to fill three railroad cars)
  •  Maximum speed of .22 MPH (it moved about one square mile per year)
  •  Cost $6.5 million to construct (in 1962)

Big Brutus has a visitor’s center, a museum and a gift shop – find out more at

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