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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.

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BIG SHOW

1969 – Caterpillar equipment has been on display at CONEXPO/CON-AGG, formerly known as the road show, for almost 95 years. This archival photo shows the Caterpillar display in 1969.

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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

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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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.

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