Penny and Bob's Great Adventure - 2012 travel blog

Welcome to Oswego

Our campsite

About the building mural

The mural

Off to see Big Brutus

Penny at the museum

1914 Ford Model T

Big Brutus. See the man walking towards it on the left?

Bob next to Big Brutus

Penny in the bucket

Bob in the bucket

About the revolving frame

Part of the revolving frame that the top rotated on

Bob at Big Brutus's controls

A dried up cornfield .. no crop here this year


Did you know it's 175 miles from Chandler, OK to Oswego, KS? Yep.

Staying at the Hillside RV Park in Oswego, a nice little park in a nice little town. Found a laundry one day and caught up on that chore.

Went geocaching around town and a bit out in the country. The last day we were here, we were at a geocache out in the sticks (at an old cemetery) and a huge rain/wind storm blew up! It had been getting darker and darker as we drove along but we were hoping it would wait until a bit later but no, it did not! Wow! Stuff was blowing all over the place!! Bob chickened out and stayed in the truck while I braved the wind and rain and grabbed the cache then back to the warmth and safety of the truck. A little exciting, for sure!

We did do a tourist trip to see Big Brutus, the largest electric shovel in the world. First we stopped and wandered through the museum and then it was out to the shovel. This thing is HUGE!!! Spent about 1 1/2 hours just walking through the monster. You used to be able to climb to the top of the shovel but in 2004, this activity was discontinued due to insurance safety concerns. As you walk through the interior, you feel you're in a submarine when you duck through the doorways of the various chambers. Big Brutus ran for 11 years but in 1974, when it was noted that the electric bill was $27,000 for its last month of operation, the plug was pulled and Big Brutus ran no longer. According to the story, Big Brutus sat and fell into disrepair as a huge rusted hulk. Somewhere along the line, a group of people came to his rescue and lobbied to have him restored and turned into a museum.

So, that's the story of how we spent our time in Oswego, Kansas. Next stop, Clinton Lake in Lawrence, Kansas.



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