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

View Our History by the Decades

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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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

1947 – Happy Thanksgiving from Caterpillar and its dealer network. This image documents our former Boston dealer celebrating the holiday from Plymouth Rock.

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Caterpillar Dealer Magazine Cover, 1947.
Caterpillar Dealer Magazine Cover, 1947.

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.

DEALER TRAINING

1940 – Caterpillar dealer technicians going through a rigorous training course on the use of Caterpillar parts and services.

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Caterpillar services, ca. 1940.
Caterpillar services, ca. 1940.

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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