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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.


2018 - Caterpillar is celebrating Presidents Day by looking back at some of the Presidents of the United States who have viewed our equipment or visited our facilities.

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1988 - Cat® equipment has been involved in the construction and maintenance of sports venues for nearly 50 years. What many people don’t know, however, is that Cat Generator Sets also have a long history providing dependable power at sporting events.

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2006 - Read how thirty-four Cat® machines were called on to help complete the 20-mile-long Saemangeum seawall—the longest earthen seawall in the world.

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Celebrating Caterpillar Co-Founder Benjamin Holt

1904 - Benjamin Holt changed the world of earthmoving forever when he tested what would become the world’s first commercially successful track-type tractor. This video celebrates Holt’s legacy with a look back at products from the early 1900s to Caterpillar’s founding in 1925.

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