The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 6, 2001 · Page 78
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8 SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2000 ADVERTISIMQ SUPPLEMENT THE SALINA JOURNAL Big Brutus towers ouer history Road/Tips By Carla ScassellatirStrand Advertising Writer Standing 16 stories high, Big Brutus is a giant monument to coal mining in southeast Kansas. Though high energy costs stilled the world's second largest electric shovel, it has taken on a new life as a tourist attraction and focal point for a museum and visitors center, camping and fishing on reclaimed mirung land near West Mineral in Cherokee County. Big Brutus is located six miles west of the Kansas 7 and 102 junction, or about 20 to 25 miles southwest of Pittsburg. Since 1985, Big Brutus has had a new life. Adults not afraid of heights can climb to the top of the giant shovel for a self-guided tour. Coimtless photos have been snapped of people standing beside its giant mass. Couples have exchanged wedding vows on its steps or in its shadow. For others, there is tent camping and space for RV hookups, hunting and fishing on 15,000 acres of reclaimed mining land. Betty Becker, manager of Big Brutus Inc., said aroimd 30,000 people per year visit the giant shovel and surrounding grounds. 2001 f Sound of Music • (Wichita) IVlay 10 , gjqhtg pf Kansas - iviay23 Linda's Mystery Trip • July 18-27 Back Roads of Germany. Austria & Switzerland • September 11-25 ' Washington P,C. ft Pennsylvania Amisii • October 6-15 Veteran Pay Celebration & Ctiristmas Shows In Branson • November 9-12 Christmas Along the River & K.C. Liqiits • December 8-9 UIMIGLOBE Knowles 131 N. Santa Fe 603 Washington Salina, KS 67401 Concordia, KS 66901(785) 825-0537 (785) 243-1133 The site offers variety for visitors who can do as much or as little as they please. History buffs can tour a museum which stands as a memorial to miners who dug coal in undergroimd or strip mines. "We have pictures on the walls, we have showcases," Becker said, "and we have some coal on display." Other items of interest to visitors include old mining records kept by the Pittsburg and Midway Coal Company and even hard hats worn by miners, Becker said. P&M, now based in Englewood, Colo., has donated both Big Brutus and a working replica of the giant electric coal shovel, known as the Little Giant. Becker said a recently completed 3,000-square-foot addition to the museum will be dedicated this spring. A ceremony is planned at the museum 10 a.m. May 11. While Big Brutus appeared at the mining site in 1963 and only dug coal until 1974, it has left an impact in its short history. When P&M purchased the 11 million ton giant shovel in 1962, they paid more than $6 million. In its heyday, the electric shovel, though f£uided Trail RU IPRAIRIE MOON Call for reservation or brochure Spring, Summer & Fall Rides Available (1-4 Hours) Ages 6 on up, one rider per horse. Cash or traveler's checks accepted. Discover Horsethief Canyon! 785-472-3099 Concessionaire at Kanopolis State Park Kansas, USA A Great Past.., A Greater Future! We invite you to relive Cojfeyville history by visiting the Brown Mansion - Dalton Defenders Museum Old Condon Bank - Defenders Plaza - Old City Jail Cojfeyville Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 457, 807 Walnut CofFeyville, Kansas 67337 1-800-626-3357 or 620-251-1194 www.cofiFeyviIIe.com slow moving, was a sight to see. It could do the work of many men and strip as much as 150 tons of coal and dirt from the Kansas countryside with one thrust of its giant dipper. Though it could fiU three railroad boxcars with one sweep, it was expensive to operate. When America fell into an Energy Crisis in 1974, company officials deemed the shovel too expensive to operate and it was abandoned and they eventually closed the West Mineral mining operation. The giant orange and black machine became a haven for weeds and weekend parties, before a group of citizens interested in preserving the memory of the miners banded together to organize a board that oversees the non-profit Big Brutus Inc. Visitors can now visit the Big Brutus site everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are 9 am. to 5 p.m. Summer hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for senior citizens, $3.50 for children ages 612. Children under five will be admitted free. Information about special events at the site can be foimd at the Big Brutus website at www.bigbrutus.org. Continued from Page 5 the Honda Insight, which gets an estimated 61 mpg in city driving and 68 mpg on the hi^way. That's enough to get you from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back on a single tank of gas. The Insight pairs a small, three- cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor that never has to be plugged in. The downside is the Insight is only a two-seater and has limited cargo room for suitcases and golf clubs. But Toyota also has a gas/electric hybrid. Called the Prius, it's a compact sedan with seats for five and an 11.8-cubic-foot trunk. like the Insight, it pairs a small gasoline engine with a no-plug- in electric motor. But because of its larger size, the Prius has slightly lower fuel economy. The EPA fuel economy rating for the Prius is 52 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. • Even if you don't decide on a high tech new model, you should carefully consider whether you really need a V-6 or a V-8 in your next car or truck. The National Automobile Dealers Association advises coivsumers to test drive models with various engines in a range of driving conditions to determine what fits l^em best and to assess the tradeoffe. WiLDLirc n • CONSERVATION CENTER INC. 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