Mining Machines

Our Legacy

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.

Our History

Over the last century we’ve grown with our customers. We’ve changed together as the world has changed: creating, building, problem solving, innovating, testing, servicing and improving. When customers choose our products, services and solutions today, they also gain nearly 100 years of experience and expertise. 

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Best 75 and Mountains

A Glimpse into Our Corporate Archives

Our Corporate Archives team has the important role of telling, preserving and showcasing Caterpillar’s history and the role our equipment, customers and people have played in projects around the world.  

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Featured from our Heritage Collection

Each week we open our vault to share stories of our people and products over the last 95+ years. Check out our most recent features here, or view the collection.

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1944 - Caterpillar provided thousands of machines to the Allies during World War II. This also included providing all of the parts needed to maintain peak performance. 

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Parts ready for shipping, 1944.


1925 - Since the beginning, service to our customers has been a focus of our business. This early poster shows that very early on we recognized that profits are a reward for superior service.

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Caterpillar Mag cropped 1929


1947 – “Only Caterpillar Parts Give Caterpillar Performance” could be still our tagline today. Superior parts and services have been part of our winning formula all the way back to our beginning.

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Boxing Caterpillar parts, 1947.


Visit the Antique Caterpillar Machinery Owners Club website to learn more about the organization, connect with other members, and find out more about upcoming events and meetings.