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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.

Parts Crate

c. 1940 - Caterpillar parts crate. We have been providing parts to our dealer network since 1925.

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1997 – Cat® dozer working on Three Gorges Dam in China. Our equipment has been on jobsites for the construction of dams since the 1930s.

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1917 – Holt 75 brochure cover. The Caterpillar 75 was arguably Holt’s most successful track-type tractor. It was used across the global on all continents except Antarctica.

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1968 – Learn how Caterpillar developed and built two radio remote-controlled Cat® 977K Track Loaders for slag removal in a steel mill.

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