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Brannan Street

 
 
Brannan Street Marker, top left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
1. Brannan Street Marker, top left plaque
Inscription. This marker consists of six plaques arranged in a 2 X 3 pattern. The top left plaque is the title plaque and may contain some text. The top right plaque displayed an arrow which points in the direction of the named street. Other plaques contain biographical information on the person for whom the street is named, appropriate quotation(s) and relevant illustrations, cast in bronze.

In February of 1853, the United States Topographical Engineers published their first detailed survey of the city, showing new streets, many named for army and navy officers. Fremont and Folsom were prominent officers; Harrison, Bryant and King held important city and port positions’ Spear and Brannon had been pioneers in Yerba Buena before San Francisco has its name.

Archetypical Gold Rush San Franciscan, Sam Brannan was first in many achievements. He arrived in Yerba Buena by sea in 1846, leading two hundred Mormon pioneers, and founding the city’s first newspaper. He rode through the streets of San Francisco in 1848, announcing the discovery of gold for all to hear. In 1851, he inspired the vigilantes to take the law into their own hands and restore order to a chaotic city. The first California millionaire, he spent this fortune in building Calistoga as a health resort and lost it all. He died in 1889 with a twenty dollar gold piece
Brannan Street Marker, center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
2. Brannan Street Marker, center left plaque
Caption: Sam Brannan • 1819-1889
in his hand.

“Some contend that there are really no laws in force here, but the divine law, and the law of nature.” – Sam Brannan, Editor, California Star • March 27, 1847
 
Erected by San Francisco Art Commission for the Waterfront Transportation Projects.
 
Location. 37° 47.083′ N, 122° 23.303′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is on Brannan Street near Embarcadero, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Brannan Street, San Francisco CA 94107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Beale Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Beale Street Wharf (within shouting distance of this marker); Fremont Street (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Bay Bridge (about 400 feet away); The Alaska Packers (about 600 feet away); Building the Seawall (about 700 feet away); The Oriental Warehouse (about 700 feet away); Vernon Alley (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Also see . . .  Latter-day Scoundrel Sam Brannan - Historynet.com. From his base in Gold Rush–era San Francisco, the
Brannan Street Marker, right left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
3. Brannan Street Marker, right left plaque
onetime Mormon elder and newspaperman defied Brigham Young and flaunted his reputation for wickedness.
(Submitted on March 24, 2014, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
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Brannan Street Marker, bottom center left plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
4. Brannan Street Marker, bottom center left plaque
Brannan Street Marker, bottom right plaque image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
5. Brannan Street Marker, bottom right plaque
Seal of the San Francisco Committee of Vigilance
Brannan Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
6. Brannan Street Marker
Brannan Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, March 20, 2014
7. Brannan Street Marker
The marker is beneath the tree on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 377 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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