Fifty Years on Tracks

"Fifty Years on Tracks" is a marvelous time-worn book published in 1954 by the Caterpillar Tractor Company. It chronicles the story of how the C. L. Best Tractor Co. and the Holt Manufacturing Company merged to become the Caterpillar Tractor Co. It’s a story many of us know well.  But likely not many know of the Caterpillar customers and employees who come to life on the book’s yellowed pages. Written as a memento marking Caterpillar’s first 50 years, the words tell a story of innovation, hard work, determination – and even connectedness that somehow still tugs at the heart some 63 years later. This is a series of articles retelling the charming stories found therein.

The Best Holt and Best Story You've Never Heard

Written as a memento marking Caterpillar’s first 50 years, the words tell a story of innovation, hard work, determination – and even connectedness that somehow still tugs at the heart some 63 years later.

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A Nostalgic Look at Caterpillar People Circa 1954

A charming narrative highlights Jack Trowbridge, a machinist who began working at the San Leandro, California plant in 1942.

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Focus on Our Communities Then and Now

"Fifty Years on Tracks" describes the sense of commitment Caterpillar had to our local communities even back in the day.

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A History of Customer Focus

At Caterpillar, we have a history of customer focus.

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