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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.

CONSTRUCTION IN PAKISTAN


1961 - Watch how 500 Caterpillar machines helped construct the Mangla Dam in Pakistan.

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SENDING PRODUCTS ACROSS THE WORLD


1924 - Holt Manufacturing Company railroad box car seal. Holt, who later merged with Best to form Caterpillar, exported products across the world.

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KEEP ON TRUCKING


1980 – “Plug-In To Cat® Power” toy trucks.

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MOTOR GRADER ANNIVERSARY


1938 – During the height of the Great Depression Caterpillar continued developing cutting - edge new products. Read about the launch of the Caterpillar Diesel No. 12 Auto Patrol – part of the product line known today as motor graders.

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