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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.


c. 1950 - Caterpillar patch that would have been placed on the back of serviceman's coveralls. Our dealer network dates back to 1925.

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c. 1929 - Caterpillar model Sixty track-type tractor engine parts. This piston and rod was designed by our first Chairman C.L. Best in 1919.

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1968 - Caterpillar did not intend to begin building hydraulic hoses; but had a need that was best satisfied by going into the hose business itself. The XT hose was strong and flexible and solved the problem of rupture during peak pressures and couplings that did not grip the hose tightly enough to avoid complete blow off.

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c. 1975 - Cat® 955 Track Loader outside the Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy.

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