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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.


1906 - The 1906 San Francisco earthquake ranks as one of the most significant earthquakes of all time. Learn how Holt and Best steam tractors were part of the disaster recovery.

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1972 - Check out what it looked like to manufacture the legendary Cat® 988 Wheel Loader. The photo looks like it was taken just yesterday!

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1950 – Cat® D315 engine powers a cargo barge named the Veskaa II, operating on canals and rivers in Belgium and France.

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1948 - Bucyrus 22-B crane placing the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center, New York City. Bucyrus was purchased by Caterpillar in 2011.

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