#ICYMI 2017: History

December 15, 2017

Every day, all day, there's no shortage of news and information coming at you from all directions. Emails. Social media. Search engines. Online and print newspapers. Magazines and newsletters. And hopefully caterpillar.com!

It's really difficult to keep up with it all, but we've got you covered. We've rounded up 9 of our most popular history stories … in case you missed them when they were first published.

Seven Amazing Feats on Seven Continents

The history of Caterpillar is all about doing: building, innovating, servicing and improving. Together with our partners, we focus on making our customers successful by understanding their needs, increasing the value we deliver and earning their loyalty. Here’s seven historical projects worth a look.

The Mystery of What’s in a Name

How did Caterpillar’s earliest tractors get their names? No one knows for sure, but there are a couple of interesting theories.

We Ought to Be in Pictures

Oh, wait. We are! From silent films to modern-day blockbusters, Caterpillar iron is always a show stopper. Here’s a fun look at our glam side.  

In the Beginning

This may be the best Holt and Best story you’ve never heard. Charles Holt and Daniel Best began their respective careers a country apart from one another, yet on a destined and parallel path. Find out how the story ends.

The Cat D5 Turns 50

The D5 tractor was first commissioned in 1963 and unveiled in February 1967. The goal? To provide a power shift transmission in a medium-sized tractor. Done! 

Ideas that Changed the World

Well, you don’t just wake up one day and find yourself an industry leader helping customers build a better world. It takes new ideas and innovation. From the California woodlands to the frontiers of outer space, we’re always looking to the future.

Focus on Our Communities Then and Now

History proves that fundamentals don’t change. From the beginning, Caterpillar has been committed the communities in which we live and work. Here’s a charming story from 1954 showing our proud tradition of helping transform lives by championing programs that support education, environment and basic human needs. 

On the Road Again

Since 1926, we’ve taken our show on the road, talking to customers and industry leaders about our products and solutions that help build a better world. This tradition continues today with our participation in worldwide trade shows including CONEXPO, one of North America’s largest construction shows. Here’s an intriguing look at our trade show history. 

Nostalgic Look at Caterpillar People Circa 1954

When “Fifty Years on Tracks,” a book commemorating our 50th anniversary, was published more than 60 years ago, Caterpillar looked very different than it does today. This sweet peek into the past shows us that one thing hasn’t changed: our company’s commitment to providing employees with meaningful work in an empowering, inspiring environment. 


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