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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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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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Benjamin Holt tests his first track-type tractor, 1905. Benjamin Holt tests his first track-type tractor, 1905.


2020 – Read how it all began for Caterpillar on Thanksgiving Day in 1904.

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50,000th Cat Backhoe Loader, 1995. 50,000th Cat Backhoe Loader, 1995.


2020 - This year we celebrated our 95th anniversary – let’s go back in time to see highlights from Caterpillar in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Cat cap, ca. 1975. Cat cap, ca. 1975.


c. 1975 – Our customers and enthusiasts sported these Cat® branded knit caps in the 1970s.

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Caterpillar dealer service shop, 1982. Caterpillar dealer service shop, 1982.


1982 – A group of Cat® dealer employees relax during their lunch break in the service shop.

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Celebrating 95 Years

Together, we’ve built a rich history over the past 95 years. Take a few minutes to celebrate the amazing people who built this company one breakthrough at a time and the incredible customers who have changed the world with our products and solutions.

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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.