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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Best 75 and Mountains
Best 75 and Mountains

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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Caterpillar Archives
Caterpillar Archives

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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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Possibilities 

1923 – This advertisement documents how superior service is embedded within Caterpillar’s DNA. As the ad says, “After all it’s the service that counts.”

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Texas Contractor / Holt Company of Texas, 1923.
Texas Contractor / Holt Company of Texas, 1923.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

1948 - Colorized version of a Caterpillar D4 tractor hauling a load of Christmas tree branches.

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Colorized version of a Caterpillar D4 tractor hauling a load of Christmas tree branches.
Colorized version of a Caterpillar D4 tractor hauling a load of Christmas tree branches.

DIGGIN’ INTO HISTORY

2021 - Likely more than any other manufacturer, Caterpillar Inc. is associated with a single color: yellow. But as you’ll find out in this edition of “Diggin’ Into History” with Lee Fosburgh and Rusty Dunn, this has not always been the case throughout the company’s 96-year history. 

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Caterpillar products made at the Australia Plant, 1960.
Caterpillar products made at the Australia Plant, 1960.

ACMOC 

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.

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