Photo of the Month
The Holt Manufacturing Company came to East Peoria (Tazewell County) to
build earth moving tractors in 1909. The company would be renamed
to the Caterpillar Tractor Company in 1925. The East Peoria area
would become known as the "Earthmoving Capital of the World".
1930's photo shows Caterpillar bulldozers being loaded onto an Illinois
River barge near the East Peoria plant. The skyline of Peoria,
Illinois can be seen across the river. These tractors are being
shipped to John Fabick Tractor Company in Missouri.
Gilbert C. Nolde,
All in a Day's Work - Seventy-five Years of Caterpillar,
(Peoria: Caterpillar Public Affairs, Caterpillar Tractor
Company, 2000), 92.
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