On November 29, 2017, Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby hosted the unveiling of The Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center’s newest heritage exhibit, Benjamin Holt – Tracks Around the World. The exhibit tells the story of how Benjamin Holt invented the first practical track-type tractor, established his company in Peoria, and came up with the legendary name "Caterpillar."
Benjamin Holt’s great-grandson Peter Holt, CEO of Holt Cat in San Antonio, Texas, one of the largest Cat® dealers in the world, was an honored guest at the event and spoke on behalf of his family. Peter John Holt and Corrina Holt Richter, both vice presidents at Holt Cat and fifth generation descendants of Benjamin Holt, were also in attendance for the historic unveiling.
The exhibit, open through June 2018, showcases one-of-a-kind artifacts, including the oldest artifact in Caterpillar’s collection, dating back to 1880. Come see original design drawings of the Holt Caterpillar logo, a drafting table used in the Holt East Peoria plant and a video featuring colorized images of Benjamin Holt testing the world's first commercially successful track-type tractor.
"This rare collection of artifacts is a fabulous addition to the antique equipment currently on display,” said Susan Morton, Caterpillar Visitors Center manager. “We house so many great stories of Caterpillar’s rich heritage under this roof, and we’re proud to unveil this new exhibit that allows visitors to see the evolution of our brand firsthand.”
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