“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
San Leandro in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

San Leandro – Industry

San Leandro – Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. San Leandro – Industry Marker
West Side of Marker
West side of marker:
San Leandro’s first industries served the needs of farmers. In 1886, Daniel Best bought San Leandro Plow and formed Daniel Best Agriculture Works to manufacture tractors, combines, and harvesters. Best’s son later merged the company with Holt to form Caterpillar, Inc. Another large industry, a cannery, was established in 1899. It would later become the California Packing Company (Del Monte label).

Still, agriculture was the mainstay of the economy until the 1940s and ‘50s, when war production started a boom in industry and the population. Eighty-seven industrial parcels were annexed to San Leandro between 1942 and 1965. San Leandro products included tractors from Caterpillar, automobiles from the Dodge Plant, pencil slats from Hudson Lumber, and calculators from Friden. The last two decades of the 20th Century saw a decline in San Leandro’s traditional large industry base and an increase in retail and smaller manufacturers.

South side of marker:
I remember when automobiles
first came into vogue…Well, I was smitten
with the automobile fever,
and accordingly set about to construct one.
I tell you, that machine was a work of art--
In my opinion!
Daniel Best, who built the first car in Alameda County
San Leandro – Industry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. San Leandro – Industry Marker
South Side of Marker

Erected by City of San Leandro.
Location. 37° 43.41′ N, 122° 9.585′ W. Marker is in San Leandro, California, in Alameda County. Marker is at the intersection of West Estudillo Avenue and Carpentier Street on West Estudillo Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located on the northwest corner of the intersection in front of St. Leander Catholic Church. Marker is in this post office area: San Leandro CA 94577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Estudillo Home (within shouting distance of this marker); San Leandro – Cherry Festivals (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Daniel & Meta Best Home (about 400 feet away); Casa Peralta (about 400 feet away); San Leandro Courthouse Site (about 500 feet away); County Courthouse (about 500 feet away); The Little Brown Church (about 500 feet away); Masonic Temple (approx. ¼ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in San Leandro.
Regarding San Leandro – Industry. San Leandro industry developed in earnest during the late 1800s, thanks to the San Francisco, Alameda and Stockton Railroad Company, which offered relatively cheap transportation to and from the area. Built in 1865, the railroad line ran from the city
Sketch Displayed on Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
3. Sketch Displayed on Marker
Daniel Best Manufacturing Works
of Alameda to Davis Street, and many factories were located on or adjacent to the rail line. In San Leandro, agriculture continued to be an important industry up until the early 1900s. Cherries were one of the City's most well-known crops and, to honor their importance to San Leandro's development, the first Cherry Festival, a tradition which continues today, was held in 1909.
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 1,357 times since then and 104 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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