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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.

Jess: Engineering a Legacy

c. 1904 - A Holt employee - possibly Jess - sits on the No. 77 that Jess designed the engine for. The No. 77 later became the first track-type tractor.

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Street Car

1946 - Caterpillar Diesel D7 tractor with loading attachment loading debris for a project pulling up street car rails on Market Street in San Francisco, California. The 660 volt trolley wires overhead mean extra care must be taken in handling rails.

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First Cut

1957 - First Cut from the first Track-Type Tractor to come off the line in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Caterpillar Sixty Tows Airplane

1928 - Caterpillar Sixty towing "Southern Cross" across airport at Oakland just before its hop for Australia. The Southern Cross then took off on the first trans-Pacific flight from the U.S. to Australia.

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