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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.

Sustainable Farming

c. 1950 - Sustainable farming with Caterpillar D2 Track-Type Tractors in California.

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A Job Well Done

1942 - Caterpillar female employees being recognized for a job well done while working at the East Peoria Plant during World War II.

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Tractor Snow Sculpture

c. 1985 - Caterpillar D2 Track-Type Tractor Snow Sculpture, Peoria, Illinois.

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Our California 49er

Les Ashworth worked for Caterpillar and its predecessor companies for 49 years and witnessed first-hand the evolution of steam traction engines to gasoline to diesel.

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