Big Brutus: West Mineral, Kansas

This was our first look at Big Brutus.

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It doesn’t look that big now.

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Now it looks bigger.

2015-05-13 16.12.59This is Big Brutus.

Those tiny color dots on the bottom are the kids and I.

He was used to take the dirt off so they could mine coal underneath.

It is 160 feet high and was operated by 3 men at a time.

There was even a break room in the thing.  It was the only air conditioned room in it.

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This is some of the cables that worked the shovel.  These were disconnected, so we were able to feel how heavy they were.  And they WERE heavy!

The room we were in here felt like a large warehouse.

Tim went to see Big Brutus as a kid and was able to climb up the boom (the thing connected to the shovel), but we were told that they had had to close that a long time ago for insurance reasons.

Umm… super high and no way to protect against falling off?

Uh… yeah!

It was rainy the day we went anyway, so I was glad that most of our self imposed tour was inside.

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There were times that I forgot we were in a giant steam shovel, simply because it was so big.

2015-05-13 16.09.22Artsy shot.

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The kids kept calling it the huge Mary Anne.

(It’s from Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel by Viginia Lee Burton for those who just said, “Who?!”  http://www.amazon.com/Mike-Mulligan-His-Steam-Shovel/dp/0618840192 )

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Handsome hubby & kids underneath Big Brutus.

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Cute kid shot.

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May God bless your socks off!

Rachel

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