Monday, July 23, 2012

Holt crawler tractor at Chena Hot Springs



Here is a Holt 5-ton tractor, probably dating from about 1924. Holt Manufacturing is credited with developing the first practical crawler-type tractor in 1904. The company named its creation the "Caterpillar" tractor. Holt merged with Best Gas Traction Company in 1925 to form Caterpillar.





2 comments:

  1. My grandfather, John "Jack" Sayers was responsible for purchasing, operating and repairing the first Holt Tractor / Caterpillar in Fairbanks. Joanie Skilbred in Fairbanks just sent me an article about the tractor and my grandfather. You should contact her.
    I live in Northern California and just returned from Fairbanks where I met Dermot Cole as well.

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  2. Dear Mr Ray Bonnell - Thank you for this nice presentation of this Alaska Caterpillar ! - I created a link by www.bluetractors.nl / galleries to your beautiful site - Kindest regards - Peter

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