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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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Holt Steam Tractor Components, ca. 1900. Holt Steam Tractor Components, ca. 1900.


1890 - See a page from what maybe our first parts book. The product is a steam tractor and the page depicts the door to it's boiler. 

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Dealer training, Geneva, Switzerland, 1965. Dealer training, Geneva, Switzerland, 1965.


1965 - A group of Cat® dealer personnel is providing instruction in the sale and service of Caterpillar products at a training center in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Caterpillar Diesel Sixty Track-Type Tractor, 1C14, 2015. Caterpillar Diesel Sixty Track-Type Tractor, 1C14, 2015.


2021 - This year marks the 90th anniversary when Caterpillar started producing its first diesel tractor model. Come along with Caterpillar’s Archivist Lee Fosburgh and host Rusty Dunn who are digging into history to tell the tale of a legendary product.

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C. L. Best Tractor Co., Print Advertisement, 1925. C. L. Best Tractor Co., Print Advertisement, 1925.


1925 – Our founders were the first to understand the importance of superior services. After all, it’s part of our DNA.  As C.L. Best said, “You may not need a part for a Best tractor often, but you want it when you do!”

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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.