Saratoga in Santa Clara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Hutchinson /Cloud-Smith Store/Samuel Cloud House
14501/14503 Big Basin Way
The building on the right was a general store built circa 1884 by John Hutchinson, who became Saratoga’s postmaster in 1886. Hutchinson also owned the Saratoga limestone quarry. Limestone buildings are very rare and this is one of the few that still remain. Samuel Cloud bought the store in 1893, and used the upstairs hall for community and social events.
The ornate two-story Victorian home on the left was built by Samuel Cloud in 1895 for his wife and his daughter, Laura. Laura married Thomas Smith, and they took over the business following Samuel’s death in 1907. Samuel died when he was struck by a trolley that jumped the tracks in front of the store.
Location. 37° 15.445′ N, 122° 2.047′ W. Marker is in Saratoga, California, in Santa Clara County. Marker is on Big Basin Way (Highway 9) near 3rd Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. The Cloud-Smith Store sits on the northwest corner of Big Basin Way and the 3rd Street entrance to the public parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14501 Big Basin Way, Saratoga CA 95070, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Site of Martin McCarty's Toll Gate (a few steps from this marker); John C. Hutchinson Building (a few steps from this marker); McCarthy Building (a few steps from this marker); Grover House (within shouting distance of this marker); Saratoga State Bank (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saratoga World War I Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Saratoga (approx. 0.2 miles away); History of Madronia Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saratoga.
More about this marker. The marker is mounted at the western corner of the Cloud-Smith Store building next to the Samuel Cloud House.
Also see . . .
1. John Hutchison. A transcribed biography originally published in Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated published by The Lewis Publishing Company in 1888.
Note that at the time of this writing, he was still the Postmaster in Saratoga. (Submitted on March 31, 2011.)
2. The Hutchinson/Cloud-Smith Buildings. The 2009 State of California Historical Resources and NRHP applications with photos, historical background and maps. (Submitted on March 31, 2011.)
3. Saratoga Village Historic Walking Tour. (Submitted on March 31, 2011.)
Categories. • Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 31, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2011, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.