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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.

Building the Best

1905 - Machines manufactured by the Best Manufacturing Company of San Leandro, California - one of Caterpillar's predecessors - were displayed at the Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon.

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First Price List

1925 - The first Caterpillar price list indicates a standard Caterpillar Sixty track-type tractor in 1925 cost $5,500. Today, the machine would cost $75,000!

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Tractor in Martinique

1931 - First Caterpillar Thirty Track-Type Tractor Sold in Martinique.

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Projects in Florida

c. 1935 - Caterpillar diesel engines and Diesel track-type tractors at work in Florida.

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