One thing I learned on this visit to Big Brutus, is that it really lives up to its name. It's bigger than I ever imagined it would be. You can climb lots of steps and tour the inside of it. At one time, the musuem allowed you to go to the top of the 16 story boom. But the insurance rates got too high and that part is now closed off. But trust me, you get pretty high and if you're afraid of heights you may have some issues.
Our trip to visit Big Brutus took two and a half hours. It's about 150 miles from Wichita. It's mostly a two lane highway, so it may take longer depending on traffic.
Once you arrive, you'll find a musuem detailing coal mining history in the area. Then you walk outside and see Big Brutus. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $4.50 for seniors, $3.50 for 12 and under, and kids five and under are free.
Big Brutus is the only Wonder candidate in south east Kansas. On our way back, George and I stopped at a roadside shop called Circle's Pecans and Country Store. Inside we bought tomatoes, corn, and a mini-pecan pie. All of it was delicious. The owners grow all of the produce behind the store.