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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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Holt 5-Ton Track-Type Tractor, Pikes Peak, 1919 Holt 5-Ton Track-Type Tractor, Pikes Peak, 1919


1919 - "Pikes Peak or Bust” was originally the slogan of the pioneers. It’s fitting, therefore, that 100+ years ago a pioneering machine, the Holt Caterpillar 5-Ton tractor, scaled the famous mountain and reached the highest point ever achieved by a dozer.

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Chemist Handbook, 1919. Chemist Handbook, 1919.


1919 - Chemist’s handbook used as reference by former Holt Manufacturing Company employee and metallurgist N.J. Roche.

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2020 - Take a minute to look back on a few of our favorite history moments!

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Caterpillar Magazine cover, Issue 2, 1926. Caterpillar Magazine cover, Issue 2, 1926.


2020 – Happy holidays from Caterpillar in 1926. Caterpillar Magazine colorfully promoted our products and services across the globe.

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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.