This course will tell the story of two early Caterpillar traction engines that operated in Interior Alaska. Joan will give the history of the Interior’s first Caterpillar, which operated here from 1911 to 1917 and ushered in a new era of development in Alaska. Jim will give the history of his Caterpillar, which is currently on display at N.C. Machinery. Jim’s Cat was one of the first traction engines purchased from N.C. Machinery after they took over the dealership from Samson Hardware in 1930. Jim will discuss how he did a full restoration on this incredible piece of Alaskan history.