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From the Vault

Check back weekly for stories about Caterpillar's history

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.

PAYDAY PAYDAY

PAYDAY

1919 - Holt Manufacturing Company check ledger. Holt was one of two companies that merged to form Caterpillar.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

1928 - Caterpillar Sixty track-type tractor patent and serial number plate. This machine was manufactured in Peoria, IL.

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MERRY-GO-ROUND

1987 - A future customer enjoying a ride in a tiny Cat® dozer that is part of a merry-go-round in Schwabach, Germany.

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CHALLENGING TIMES CHALLENGING TIMES

CHALLENGING TIMES

1929 - Through strong leadership and an aggressive strategy, Caterpillar was able to not only survive the Great Depression but emerged at the end of that era a changed company.

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