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Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home

1886

 
 
Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home Marker
Inscription. This home was built in the late 1870ís by Joseph Demont, a San Leandro pioneer who was active in industry and politics. Daniel Best bought the property in 1886. Best established Daniel Best Agricultural Works, which later became Caterpillar Tractor. The active inventor and entrepreneur obtained 41 patents in his lifetime, including a combined steam traction harvester and thresher. He also built the Best Building and a movie theater on East 14th Street.

Daniel and Meta Best raised six children in this home, and their daughter, Viola, and her husband, Frank Webster, bought the home and raised their five children here as well. The home is a two-story Italianate Victorian with 15 rooms and a cellar. The property also included a large, old fashioned garden, a Victorian carriage house, and a workshop. The wrought-iron fence surrounding the garden was installed in 1894.
 
Erected by City of San Leandro.
 
Location. 37° 43.431′ N, 122° 9.509′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of West Estudillo Avenue and Clarke Street, on the right when traveling east on West Estudillo Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1315 Clarke Street, San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Leandro – Cherry Festivals (a few steps from this marker); Casa Peralta (a
Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home Marker
Note the wrought-iron fence as noted in marker text.
few steps from this marker); The Little Brown Church (within shouting distance of this marker); San Leandro Courthouse Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); San Leandro – Industry (about 400 feet away); Estudillo Home (about 500 feet away); Masonic Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
 
More about this marker. Marker is mounted on a pole on the Southwest corner of West Estudillo Avenue and Clarke Street
 
Regarding Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home. The Daniel Best home was built in the late 1870's by Joseph Demont. (It is noted that the assessor's office gave a probable 1900 construction date.) The second owner of the building, in 1886, was Daniel Best, an early developer of steam tractors and plows. His tractor firm eventually evolved into the Caterpillar Tractor Co. The home is a two-story Italianate Victorian with 15 rooms and a cellar. Occupying three City lots, the property also includes a large, old-fashioned garden, a Victorian carriage house, and a workshop. The wrought-iron fence was handmade in 1894. Daniel Best lived in the home until his death in 1922. At one time the Best House was a Bed and Breakfast
Top of the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
3. Top of the Marker
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Source: http://www.sanleandrobytes.com/archives/004371.html
 
Also see . . .
1. Daniel Best. A Wikipedia article on Daniel Best (Submitted on January 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

2. 1896 Daniel Best Gas Engine. A video showing an 1896 engine (Submitted on January 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

3. The History of Caterpillar, Inc. It all started with two visionaries, Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best. This is the history of Caterpillar Inc. (Submitted on January 11, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 

4. Daniel Best on Find-A-Grave. Daniel Best is laid to rest at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland. (Submitted on January 14, 2010, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.) 
 
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Photo Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
4. Photo Displayed on Marker
Front of Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
5. Front of Home
Facing Clarke Street
The Best Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
6. The Best Home
Facing West Estudillo Street
The Best Home image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
7. The Best Home
As viewed from across the street.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,665 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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