From the Vault

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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.


2019 - First sold as the Best 60 in 1919, the Caterpillar Sixty track-type tractor would go on to become one of the company’s most successful models of track-type tractors. Its innovations in engineering can be found in the DNA of today’s lineup of Cat dozers.

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1961 – Learn how the Kobe Bay Reclamation Project proved to be Caterpillar’s first major project in Japan and how it had a significant impact on our future.

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Making History

2019 - It’s not often you can mention the likes of Charles Lindbergh, John Wayne, a famous Russian Czar or an infamous motorcycle daredevil by the name of Evel Knievel in the same conversation. That is, until you realize this eclectic group of people – big celebrities in their day – all share a Caterpillar connection.

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2019 - Dams have always held the promise of harnessing nature for the benefit of people, and this vision is exemplified by the U.S. dams built in the 1930s. As is often the case when large equipment is needed on the biggest jobs – Caterpillar was there.

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Explore Our History

Each week we open our vault to share stories of our people and products over the last 90+ years.

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