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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.

TRAINS IN AFRICA


c. 1965 - Watch how Cat® engines powered locomotives in Africa.

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HELPING PEOPLE SUCCEED


1952 – The Caterpillar Foundation's mission is to alleviate poverty and place people on the path to prosperity. From 1952-2015, this machine provided the means to make the Foundation’s mission a reality.

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LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY


c. 2010 – Caterpillar has been a leader in the development of autonomous technology on the job site. This sign informed workers that autonomous Cat® dozers were at work.

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ONE GIANT STEP FOR CATERPILLAR


1967 - On July 20, 1969, the world collectively held its breath watching the crew of Apollo 11 successfully land on the moon. As billions tuned in to watch the historic events unfold over the eight-day mission, Caterpillar was more than just another viewer.

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