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Our Legacy

The history of Caterpillar is all about doing: creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. Enjoy the ingenious machines from our rich heritage, and more importantly, the people who founded and built the company one breakthrough at a time. Beginning with Benjamin Holt and C. L. Best, the people of Caterpillar have always been – and continue to be – extraordinary.

Marketing in Peru

1928 - Caterpillar 2-Ton Track-Type Tractor Print Advertisement, Peru.

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Western Harvester Company

Employees from Caterpillar's first subsidiary called the Western Harvester Company, Stockton, California pose for a photo.

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The Auto Patrol

c. 1931 - Caterpillar Auto Patrols (modern day motor graders) and Caterpillar track-type tractors at work in 1931.

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Stockton Wheel Company

1883 - Our Early Innovation and Roots can be traced Back to the Horse

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