The Redwood Log that Made Caterpillar History

December 4, 2023

Since the 1940s, a giant redwood tree log has guarded the entrance to one of the largest and busiest parks in Peoria, Illinois. What most people don’t know is this particular tree has deep Caterpillar roots, making the journey from California to Illinois nearly a century ago. In this Diggin’ Into History episode, host Rusty Dunn and Corporate Archives Manager Lee Fosburgh tell the story of one of Caterpillar’s most unique artifacts, and what makes the 28-ton log so special. 

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