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From the Vault

Check back weekly for stories about Caterpillar's history

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.

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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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UNDENIABLE

1964 - Cat? Diesel Power patch. Our equipment has been powered by diesel engines going back to 1931.

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20,000 DIESELS

1936 - Caterpillar President B.C. Heacock and three-year-old Joyce Alice Barrow pose while dedicating the Company's 20,000th diesel tractor.

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BEST IN JAPAN

1923 - C.L. Best Tractor Co. dealer brochure written in Japanese. Best would later merge with the Holt Manufacturing Company to form Caterpillar.

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