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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.

Fifteen In A Field


2015 - A Caterpillar employee poses next to an abandoned Caterpillar Fifteen Track-Type Tractor outside Rapid City, South Dakota.

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Wine and Walnuts


c. 1950 - Caterpillar D2 Track-Type Tractors working in vineyards and nut farms in California.

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Caterpillar Service School


c. 1916 – View of Caterpillar School class receiving instruction on machine field repair

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Office Space


c. 1960 - Caterpillar employees work in the office space in East Peoria.

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