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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 - Matt Veerkamp grew up around Cat® equipment, from new machines on his dad's jobsites to antique machines in various stages of restoration in their garage at home. Listen to Matt talk about the hunt of the tractor and their prized 1926 Expo 20.

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2019 - Caterpillar has been a key partner in India’s growth since the first sales of a Holt Caterpillar track-type tractor in 1914.

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2019 - How did we get our name? Was it from an insect? Well...kind of. Read how a company photographer reacted to seeing the first commercially-successful track-type tractor in 1905.

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1926 – This early advertisement illustrates how, since our beginning, Caterpillar machines have played a roll in everyday life across the globe. From breakfast time to sundown our machines are there.

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