big muskie

Honoree: “Big Muskie”, 4250W
Presented By: SMIM Board for special recognition

The “Big Muskie” was a singular engineering and manufacturing feat in world history. The massive 4250W dragline was the world’s largest earth moving machine created to the time and still holds the record for the largest single-bucket excavator ever created.

“Big Muskie was a coal mining Bucyrus-Erie dragline excavator owned by the Central Ohio Coal Company (formerly a division of American Electric Power), weighing 13,500 short tons (12,200 t) and standing nearly 22 stories tall. It operated in the U.S. state of Ohio from 1969 to 1991.”