The 1929 Caterpillar
Purchased in 1929, the Two Ton Caterpillar was used to tow a variety of equipment, including the Steamers, during it’s active service. These jobs were previously done by horses, who were soon put into a well deserved retirement upon the Caterpillar’s purchase. The Caterpillar was used by the Dawson City Fire Department until the early 1960s.
The Caterpillar is still in working condition and, with a little persuasion, will start up without a problem!
Re-acquisition and restoration
Upon retirement from the Fire Department, the Caterpillar was put to work at various mining operations in the region. It last worked in a gold mine at Last Chance Creek to haul pipe and supplies.
In 1995, it was located and re-acquired by the Museum. Purchased from Ian Bremner, and restored by Tony Hanulik, the 1929 Caterpillar has been showcased in the firefighters museum ever since.
Getting the Caterpillar out from where it had been left took a good bit of team work.