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Our Legacy

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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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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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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Cat D9N track-type tractor, ca. 1987. Cat D9N track-type tractor, ca. 1987.


c. 1985 - We will paint them special for you upon request. This is a Cat® D9N dozer painted a lovely blue.

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1910 - On August 2, 1910 Benjamin Holt, founder of one of Caterpillar’s parent companies – the Holt Manufacturing Company – registered a trademark for track-type tractors and combine harvesters with the U. S. Patent Office for his company's exclusive use. The trademark was "Caterpillar." 

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Employee working in the Aluminum Foundry, 1944. Employee working in the Aluminum Foundry, 1944.


2020 - This year we celebrated our 95th anniversary – let’s go back in time to see highlights from Caterpillar in the 1940s.

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1983 – Go Get’ Em Cat bumper sticker. Having a little fun with our former “C-Block” symbol.

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Celebrating 95 Years

Together, we’ve built a rich history over the past 95 years. Take a few minutes to celebrate the amazing people who built this company one breakthrough at a time and the incredible customers who have changed the world with our products and solutions.

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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.