Many of you know that my home is in Iowa, which happens to be in the heart of America. Yes, I am an Iowa farm girl. When I was invited to visit Peoria, Illinois and learned that the Caterpillar Visitors Center was in town, I was game for a visit. Did you know that Caterpillar has a 90 year legacy? The Caterpillar Visitors Center is unique in that you literally take a stroll through all 90 years, which all begins in the bed of a massive two-and-a-half story Cat® 797F Mining Truck. When is the last time you sat in the bed of a large mining truck?
With several hands-on displays throughout the visitors center, kids of all ages will have a fantastic experience. I loved the fact that the 21st Century is at work in this facility that recently celebrated 5 years in October of 2017. This wall represents how Caterpillar is used throughout the world and it’s truly unique, as it made me think of how far around the world this Midwest company continues to reach.
The history is alive and well in this visitors center, but I can tell you that equipment like this will wow any visitor! Make note of the different equipment you see here. Isn’t it amazing how Caterpillar has evolved over time?
The staff at the Caterpillar Visitors Center was very knowledgeable and friendly. I had a wonderful conversation with a gentleman who had worked for Caterpillar for more than 30 years and he’s now retired. He enjoys working part-time at the visitors center, as it gives him something to do and it allows him the opportunity to share his love of Caterpillar and greet people from all around the world. In my conversation with him, I also learned that he loved to winter with his wife in a favorite destination of mine, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Alabama.
So, the next time you drive through Peoria, Illinois; make some time to hop off of I-74 and visit the Caterpillar Visitors Center and the surrounding area. You will be glad you did, as it’s located near a beautiful river walk and offers beautiful views.
Are you a fan of big tractors and machines? If so, I’d love to hear about your favorite museum that you have found in your travels. Peoria ranks right up there as one of the best!
*Thank you to Enjoy Peoria and to the Caterpillar Visitors Center for hosting me.
Website: Caterpillar Visitor’s Center
Facebook: Caterpillar Visitor’s Center
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