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Haggin Museum: Artwork to artifacts

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Haggin Museum: Artwork to artifacts

The Haggin Museum in Stockton.

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POSTED June 16, 2012 3:13 a.m.

STOCKTON – Whether it’s artwork or artifacts, the Haggin museum has a little bit of it all.

Tucked away behind an amazing brick façade inside of Stockton’s Victory Park, the museum has long been the central point for chronicling both Stockton’s history as well as that of San Joaquin County – with private collections from the Haggin family comprising a large portion of the museum’s contents.

And Stockton’s contributions to the world are on full display.

An entire wing showcasing the history of the Caterpillar tractor and its designer – Benjamin Holt – remains a popular draw. An early model of the famed farm implement, attached to a combiner, takes up nearly an entire room, and adjacent to the display are pictures and details about the construction of the early Caterpillar machines – crafted by Stockton’s Holt Bros. and Stockton Iron Works.

Galleries showcasing the works of famed artists Albert Bierstadt and J.C. Leyendecker are also popular attractions.

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