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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.

MICROMETER


c. 1940 – This micrometer was a tool used by a Caterpillar employee performing research and development at our former East Peoria Plant.

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SNOW BOGY

1927 - Watch Caterpillar machines defeat the “Snow Bogy”, a mythical snow monster wreaking havoc on the nation’s roads, in this early Caterpillar promotional video.

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TALKING SHOP

2018 - After years working behind the scenes as a Caterpillar Corporate Archivist, Zach Brown got the opportunity to see antique Caterpillar machines in action.

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STEAM POWER

1889 - Today our machines run on diesel fuel, but did you know that 130 years ago our tractors were powered by steam? That’s right! Daniel Best, the founder of one of our predecessor companies, created his first steam powered tractor.

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