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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.

Diesel Fifty Down Under

1933 - The first Caterpillar Diesel Fifty is sold in Australia.

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The Redwood Log

A redwood log from California has greeted visitors to the Peoria area since the 1930s.

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A HISTORY OF FAILURE LED TO OUR LEGACY OF SUCCESS

Persistence and resilience served C.L. “Leo” Best well as he went from nearly bankrupt to become one of the greatest innovators of our time.

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Progress in Sydney

c. 1960 - a Caterpillar D9C Track-Type Tractor works to bring progress to Sydney, Australia.

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