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Big Brutus One of the most unique day trips in Southeast Kansas is to Big Brutus, 11,000,000 pounds of fun! Big Brutus is the world's second largest electric mining shovel. Walk through its cavernous body, sit in the operators chair or climb 16 stories to the top of the boom for one of the best views of the rolling Kansas prairie.

Visit the Museum and memorial dedicated to the rich coal mining history of Southeast Kansas. There are exhibits, ever changing displays and photographs. As an interesting fact, the electric bill of Big Brutus' last month of operation was $27,000.

Along with primitive camping and spaces for self-contained RV's, there are ten water/electrical hookups and a dump station.


Hours: Open All Year with varying seasonal hours. Closed Christmas Day.
Address: 7 miles north of Columbus on K7 and 6 miles west on K102
Phone: 620-827-6177
Our Website:www.bigbrutus.org/

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Attractions and Upcoming Events

1919 Seth Thomas Clock

The clock was originally purchased through public donations as a war memorial for servicemen from Cherokee County who had served in World War 1. The giant Seth Thomas 1919 model clock was placed in the tower of the 1889 courthouse. In 1955

Columbus, KS Artifacts

Andrew Carnegie Library

The library is one of 33 Andrew Carnegie libraries in the state of Kansas. It is on the National Historic Register.

Columbus, KS Carnegie Libraries

Columbus Wye and Frisco Caboose

The Columbus Wye is a one of its kind three way switch allowing trains to turn around. The crossing, formerly located in the northern part of Columbus was donated to the City of Columbus by the Burlington Northern Railroad. At the time the switch was constructed, it was one of the three built:

Columbus, KS Railroad History

Columbus' 1880s Town Square

Take a stroll around the 1880's square of Columbus and visit our shops. You must not miss the turn of the century architecture, or the unique color schemes of each building. Tour the community and see the many historical churches and Victorian homes. Driving tour map available at Chamber office, 320

Columbus, KS Historic Downtowns


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