World’s Largest Mountaineer

In 1955, the Hanna Coal Company of Cleveland, Ohio, commissioned what was then the world’s largest steam shovel. Christened The Mountaineer, the shovel could move 60 cubic yards of material in its giant scoop, for a total of 7,500 tons of material an hour.

In this photo we can see that the scoop was large enough to fit two cars side by side:

Mountaineer, the World's Largest Shovel

More pictures of the Mountaineer can be found in West Virginia History OnView, a collection of photographs from the West Virginia and Regional History Collections of the WVU Libraries.

And if you’re a fan of LEGO bricks, be sure to check out this amazing scale recreation of the Mountaineer built by a young man in Switzerland!

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