Dubbed "Big Brutus," the enormous power shovel towered 15 stories high and weighed 11 million pounds. Purchased in 1962 from the Bucyrus-Erie Company of Milwaukee, the machine's cost was $6.5 million. To ship the shovel to Cherokee County, 150 railroad cars were needed, and once there it took a year to build. The shovel could move 150 tons of coal in one bite. Brutus is part of the mining legacy in southeastern Kansas.
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