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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.


1926 – This early advertisement illustrates how, since our beginning, Caterpillar machines have played a roll in everyday life across the globe. From breakfast time to sundown our machines are there.

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2019 - Learn how in 1965 inertia welders, using a new welding process developed by Caterpillar engineers, were first marketed by Caterpillar for a wide range of industrial uses.

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c. 1929 - Caterpillar Sixty track-type tractor radiator side plate. This was one of Caterpillar’s most successful tractors.

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1916 - The "Engineer's Dream," is an inspirational poem that appeared in one of our customer publications called the Caterpillar Times.

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