Save Big Kate
Save Big Kate
Peabody Energy has shuttered it's Somerville Central mine in Southern Indiana. At this mine worked a massive machine affectionately named "Big Kate". "Kate" is a Bucyrus Erie 2570w walking dragline and is the very first 2570w produced By B&E. She was only intended to work a lifespan of 25 years but reached almost twice that at just under 50 years of service. She is one of the largest draglines still in existence and has served her community well.
These massive mining machines are becoming more rare as time marches on. There is not much in the way of organizations that are designed to preserve these wonders of design and ingenuity. These dinosaurs are on a path to Extinction just as their prehistoric counterparts encountered. We have a chance to preserve a piece of mining history in Indiana. Kate is less than 2 miles away of the Lynnville museum of coal mining history.
Big Kate deserves to be preserved as a monument to Hoosier coal miners just as Big Brutus is to Kansas Coal miners. If she is saved, she would be the largest preserved dragline in the U.S.A. In the community that surrounds her, there are people that were able to put food on the table because of her. There were even more people that were able to turn the lights on in their home because of her. The history of Big Kate is personal for the local community and that would all be thrown to waste if she was scrapped as so many of her siblings has been.
Big Kate needs to be designated as as a State Historic Landmark and she needs to be selected for preservation by the government of Indiana.