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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.

INDIANA JONES


1947 – Cat® equipment once played the role of Indiana Jones. Read how these Roman ruins were seen again for the first time in 1,000 years thanks to help from Cat® equipment.

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FUTURISTIC PARTS SERVICE


1930 - Concept illustration of how a Caterpillar mechanical parts storeroom would look in the future. Seems like they were not too far off, don’t you think?

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GLOBAL DEALER NETWORK


c. 1965 - Learn about the indispensable link between those who build the machines and those who use the machines on the job – we call it the Cat® worldwide dealer network.

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CATERPILLAR IN JAPAN


1928 - Caterpillar Japan dealer, Mitsui & Co., track-type tractor advertisement. Caterpillar equipment has been used in Japan for over 100 years.

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