Some say it all started for Caterpillar in a farm field in Northern California on Thanksgiving Day. In 1904, Benjamin Holt successfully tested what would become the first commercially successful dozer. He would later call his machines “Caterpillars” – hence the name our company has today. The future of tracked heavy equipment opened up before him and his legacy is, as they say, history.
First dozer operating one year after it was first tested on Thanksgiving Day.
Benjamin Holt sitting on the back of the first dozer.
Benjamin Holt’s “Caterpillar” tracks on the first dozer.