Caterpillar Makes Tracks at Cokato Museum 19 Apr 12

The history of the Caterpillar Tractor Company and its founder, C. L. Best, will be the topic of the annual meeting of the Cokato Historical Society on Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m., in the Centennial Room of the Cokato Public Library.

For decades, if you wanted a good tractor, bulldozer, motor grader, or other piece of heavy equipment, you purchased one bearing the Caterpillar name. They were synonymous with quality and durability. And the name that went with the company was C. L. Best.

From the book’s web site: Making Tracks follows Best from working for his father through starting and operating his own company to being chairman of the board for the Caterpillar Tractor Co. for twenty-six years.

The story has it all: from fistfights in the boardroom to lawsuits and hostile takeovers; from California to Cuba, Russia and beyond and from designing and building tractors to raising cattle and mining gold. The life of C.L. Best was varied and intriguing.

Making Tracks authors Ed & Sue Claessen will be the featured speakers at the historical society’s annual meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 p.m. Their presentation will follow our *very* brief business meeting. Even if you never owned or operated a Caterpillar machine, the story of Best and his company will resonate with just about everyone.

For more information on the book, visit its official web site: or call the Cokato Museum, 320-286-2427.