Big Brutus is the nickname of the Bucyrus-Erie model 1850-B electric shovel, which was the second largest of its type in operation in the 1960s and 1970s. Big Brutus is the centerpiece of a mining museum in West Mineral, Kansas where it was used in coal strip mining operations. The shovel was designed to dig from 20 to 69 feet (6.1 to 21.0 m) down to unearth relatively shallow coal seams, which would themselves be mined with smaller equipment.

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  • There are 3 categories to compete in, breakfast, dinner and dessert. We will pay out 1st – 3rd in each category. There will be a Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion to determine the the best overall camp cooks for the event.
  • There will be a kids category for anyone 12 years old or younger. They will attempt to cook the best grilled cheese sandwich. There will be a $100 prize for this category.
  • Don’t love to cook as much as you love to eat?? We need you too! You can be a judge. There is a $10 charge to be a judge regardless if you are judging one or all categories.
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Boomtown Swap Meet

Welcome to the first annual Boomtown Overland Swap Meet at the Big Iron Overland Rally. Boomtown Overland Swap Meet is brought to you by Actiontrax.

The Boomtown Overland Swap Meet is a place for you to help shed some of that extra weight that you have been carrying around for years. Each piece of equipment you carry should serve more than one purpose when adventuring and now you have a place to sell or swap those that do not.

This year is our first year offering the Swap Meet to our attendees, we plan to grow this addition to a much larger scale in the years to come.

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Big Iron Train Rides

The Heart of the Heartlands Railroad museum and the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad will be presenting one hour round trip train rides on Saturday June 11 th in conjunction with the Big Iron Overland Rally being held at Big Brutus. Two rides will be offered departing at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm from the Heartlands Railroad museum and Carona Depot complex located at 6769 NW 20 th Scammon, KS or only four miles east of Big Brutus. The diesel hauled train consists of three air conditioned coaches that due to their historic nature are not handicapped accessible. Tickets go on sale starting at 9:00 am the day of the ride from the historic Carona depot. Price is $10 per person with children on laps free and are limited to the first 275 people per ride. The museum grounds and buildings will also be open for tours on this day. Please no food or drinks on the train. More information can be found on our website or by calling (620) 396-8594 or (620) 423-5163. The Heartlands or the SKOL are not responsible for any changes or cancellations of these rides due to unforeseen circumstances.

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Discover Southeast Kansas

The Endless Foot Drag is one of several annual events held throughout the year in Southeast Kansas. Paramotor pilots from around the world meet for aerial competitions that provides breathtaking views of prairies and farmland, as well as the Flint Hills, and multiple lakes and rivers.

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