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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.


    1961 – Learn how the Kobe Bay Reclamation Project proved to be Caterpillar’s first major project in Japan and how it had a significant impact on our future.

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    Making History

    2019 - It’s not often you can mention the likes of Charles Lindbergh, John Wayne, a famous Russian Czar or an infamous motorcycle daredevil by the name of Evel Knievel in the same conversation. That is, until you realize this eclectic group of people – big celebrities in their day – all share a Caterpillar connection.

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    2019 - Dams have always held the promise of harnessing nature for the benefit of people, and this vision is exemplified by the U.S. dams built in the 1930s. As is often the case when large equipment is needed on the biggest jobs – Caterpillar was there.

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    2019 - This year marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway. See how our products played a vital role in all phases of the seaway's construction.

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    Explore Our History

    Each week we open our vault to share stories of our people and products over the last 90+ years.

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    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.