From the Vault

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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.


2018 - Learn about how our archives team has taken on the role of heritage storytellers.

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2018 - Over 100 years of Caterpillar history was on parade at an antique Caterpillar machinery show held at the Holt Cat headquarters in San Antonio.

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1955 - Watch how a Cat® D4 track-type tractor saves Thanksgiving on a farm in Colorado.

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1918 – Remembering the 100 year end of the first World War and celebrating peace. View an image of the first New York City Armistice Day parade featuring a Holt Caterpillar 5-Ton Track-Type Tractor on November 11, 1918.

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