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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c.1960 - Caterpillar parts have been distributed by any means possible, including by airplane.  

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Caterpillar parts order delivered by airplane, 1950.


1953 - Parts on display at the local Cat dealer in Chennai, India.  

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Cat Dealer, Chennai, India, 1953.


1985 - Our dealer network has spanned the globe providing parts to our customers since 1925.  

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Our dealer network has spanned the globe providing parts to our customers since 1925.


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.