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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.


1926 - Russell Motor Patrol No.4 advertisement. Caterpillar acquired Russell to become "America's Road Builder" in 1928.

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Tracks Around the World

2018 - From agriculture to mining, construction to rails, our products have been working on the African continent for more than 100 years.

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1940 - Caterpillar dealer note pad. Our dealer network reaches across the global and dates back to 1925.

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1973 – Early concept design drawing of the legendary Cat® D10 dozer.

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