| January/February 1980

  • Caterpillar equipment
    Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Institution.

  • Caterpillar equipment

George Logue became one of the happiest men in America when his 1929 'Cat Ten' tractor went on display at the Smithsonian Institution last November 24.

This is a very special 50-year-old tractor. It went on display to mark the 75th anniversary of the first time a crawler-type tractor was demonstrated successfully. Benjamin Holt conducted the test at Stockton, California, on November 24, 1904.

The tractor is the smallest ever built by the Caterpillar Tractor Company. The firm turned out about 5,000 'Cat Tens' for small farmers between 1928 and 1931.

With this addition, the Smithsonian's excellent collection of tractors is now considered complete. Before this machine was given by Logue, a crawler was the only type the Smithsonian lacked. The tractor can be seen by the public in the Museum of History and Technology.

Logue, a contractor living in Trout Run, Pennsylvania, has collected 50 pieces of Caterpillar equipment. He was present when the ceremony opening the exhibit was held.

Benjamin Holt was a grain harvester manufacturer when he conducted his first successful test of a vehicle that could crawl over earth which was too soft to provide support for either horses or wheeled equipment. Caterpillar Tractor Company was formed in 1925 through merger of the Holt Manufacturing Company and Best Tractor Company.