name Brannan originates from Brannan street in San
Francisco in the South of Market (SOMA) district of San
Francisco. Our key office is close to Brannan street on
Brannan street itself was named after Sam Brannan*. Sam
Brannan was the first publicist of the California
gold rush and the first millionaire because of the rush.
The neighborhood of Brannan street has gone through two
radical transformations in the past 150 years.
Before the earthquake and fire of 1906 Brannan street was
part of the Rincon Hill district with beautiful Victorian
mansions. But after the 1906 earthquake and fire the
Mansions were replaced by warehousing buildings for the
nearby piers on the Embarcadero.
In the 1990's the neighborhood was revitalized with new
construction of residential, office buildings and the new
AT&T baseball park stadium, home of the San Francisco
Giants. The Brannan street area has become one of the most vibrant new areas of San Francisco. In 2013,
San Francisco hosted the exciting finals of the 34th America's Cup Sailing races: Oracle team USA beat
Air Emirates Team New Zealand 9:8 (after being down 1:8). Brannan Street served the host to the team from
New Zealand (team Air Emirates) and Italy (team Prada). The use of 72-foot wing-sailed catamarans made
the race very spectacular, enhanced by San Francisco Bay marine conditions. In 2017 the 35th America's
Cup races were held in Bermuda, and New Zealand won, by 7:1, the America's Cup in 2017.
Brannan and 240 others, aboard the ship Brooklyn, sailed
for California, via Cape Horn. They landed at Yerba Buena
(now San Francisco) on July 31, 1846, tripling the size of
the village. Brannan established the first newspaper in San
Francisco, the California Star. In 1847, he opened a store
at in what is now Sacramento. Early in 1848, employees paid
for goods with gold they had found. Brannan took this gold
back to San Francisco, purchased every shovel in the city,
and then ran through the streets yelling, "Gold, gold from
the American River!". Brannan opened more stores to sell
goods to the miners and began buying land in San Francisco.
He was elected to the first town council of San Francisco.
And in 1853 he was elected to the California State