Location: West Mineral, Kansas, United States
Dates: Sept 29 – Sept 30, 2023
Big Iron Overland Rally is a 3-day weekend overlanding and concert experience at the Big Brutus Historic Landmark in West Mineral, Kansas.
The event includes a vendor expo, live music, vehicle awards, and a self-guided tour of Big Brutus, a massive power shovel.
About Big Brutus
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.