Dedication ceremony slated for historic Markley shovel at Big Brutus center

After being hidden for more than 70 years in a thick bramble and mud of a Cherokee County farm, the Markley shovel is now displayed prominently at the Big Brutus Visitors Center, a coal mining museum at West Mineral, Kansas. The shovel was constructed by a coal miner in the early 1900s with salvaged and repurposed parts, but a design aspect was so innovative that it has been copied ever since, according to those who worked in the local mining fields. GLOBE | LAURIE SISK