Mining Machines

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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Best 75 and Mountains

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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View Our History by the Decades

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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1910 - We pause to reflect on the lives of two brothers, “Clyde” Tremain and “Carl” Tremain, Holt employees who played baseball on the Holt company-sponsored team in Stockton, California.

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Holt Side Hill's baseball team, 1910.


1916 - The following photo was colorized by our Heritage team. The machine is a Holt Caterpillar 18 tractor that may represent the earliest known example of a Caterpillar machine being painted white for an exhibit or demonstration.

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Holt 18, Track-Type Tractor, 1916 (Colorized)


2021 – Learn how rebuilding products has been part of our DNA for over 100 years.

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Holt 45 tractor - #1200, 1911.


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.