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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.

GREAT IDEAS


2017 - Over many decades, Caterpillar's yellow iron has supported history's great ideas while helping our customers build a better world.

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CATERPILLAR PEOPLE


2017 - For more than 90 years, Caterpillar people have worked hard to help our customers build a better world.

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AFRICAN EMPEROR


1932 - Haile Selassie was Ethiopia's regent from 1916 to 1930, and emperor from 1930 to 1974. Read about how he was also a Caterpillar customer.

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40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE GIANT


1977 - The first thing everyone noticed about the Cat® D10 was it was different. It didn’t just look unusual; it was big.

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