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                      From the Vault

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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.


                      PATENT HISTORY

                      1871 – We bet you didn’t know that one of Caterpillar’s oldest patents is not for a dozer, but for a portable grain separator. It was invented by Daniel Best, father of one of our founders. 

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                      PARTS & SERVICES PARTS & SERVICES

                      PARTS & SERVICES

                      c. 1960 – Superior parts and services have been part of our DNA for over 100 years. This is a brochure cover for Caterpillar Rust Inhibitor.

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                      SATISFIED CUSTOMER

                      c. 1950 – Our customers come from all around the world, as in this image of a Caterpillar customer posing with his trusty motor grader in Spain.

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                      CONEXPO HISTORY

                      2020 - From 1,500 attendees to nearly 150,000 today, the show we know as CONEXPO/CON-AGG has roots over 100 years old. Find out how it all began and the memorable moments along the way.

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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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