Our Legacy

Mining  machines driving on job site
Mining  machines driving on job site

Caterpillar Company History

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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Historic collage with timeline
Historic collage with timeline

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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Cases in Caterpillar's Archives Facility
Cases in Caterpillar's Archives Facility

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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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ERIE SHOVEL

1925 - The electric rope shovels Caterpillar sells today have been leaders in the industry for almost 140 years. While they haven’t always been Caterpillar yellow, they set the standard for efficiency and reliability in the mining industry. This shovel was manufactured under the Erie brand name.

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Erie shovel, ca. 1925.
Erie shovel, ca. 1925.

DEALER REBUILDS

1949 – Our dealers have been rebuilding engines for their customers since Caterpillar’s beginnings. In the 1940s, Caterpillar dealers' motto was “No Downtime.”

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Shepherd Cat print advertisement, 1949.
Shepherd Cat print advertisement, 1949.

CATERPILLAR OIL 

1913 – Always looking for ways to provide superior services, the Holt Manufacturing Company sold a wide variety of lubricants under the Caterpillar trademark. 1985 – Since the beginning, Caterpillar dealers have provided superior parts and service to their customers.

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Holt Caterpillar Cylinder Oil Cans, 1913.
Holt Caterpillar Cylinder Oil Cans, 1913.

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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