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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.

MERRY-GO-ROUND MERRY-GO-ROUND

MERRY-GO-ROUND

1987 - A future customer enjoying a ride in a tiny Cat® dozer that is part of a merry-go-round in Schwabach, Germany.

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CHALLENGING TIMES CHALLENGING TIMES

CHALLENGING TIMES

1929 - Through strong leadership and an aggressive strategy, Caterpillar was able to not only survive the Great Depression but emerged at the end of that era a changed company.

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ARCHIVES MONTH ARCHIVES MONTH

ARCHIVES MONTH

2019 - Did you know that October is Archives Month? Did you also know that Caterpillar has a 13,000 square ft. state of the art archives in Mossville, IL?

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ALASKAN PIPELINE

1976 - Caterpillar Trans-Alaska Pipeline team recognition plaque. Cat products were instrumental in building the Alaska pipeline, which is still in operation today.

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Each week we open our vault to share stories of our people and products over the last 90+ years.

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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.

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