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    History

    Whether you’ve known us as Stuart Tents, Stuart Rentals or The Stuart Rental Company, we’ve been providing our services to local businesses – from pop-ups to weddings to IPOs – since 1849 (before California became a state). Stuart Event Rentals history is nearly as long as the Bay Area itself!

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    1849 Gold Rush

    With President Polk’s State of the Union eureka proclamation of “gold in California!” the population of San Francisco exploded from 1k to 20,000 in one year. Where did they sleep & eat? In JL Stuart’s tents.

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    1938 Golden Gate Bridge

    Before FDR opened the Golden Gate Bridge, Stuart designed and installed the patented safety net that saved 19 lives during construction.

    “Workers were positively giddy about the innovation” said Lefty Underkoffler, member of the GGB fall survivors’ Halfway to Hell Club.

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    1906 Earthquake

    Overnight 250 city blocks were devastated and 300,000 San Franciscans became homeless. Tent cities popped up to provide shelter, kitchens, and care centers all over the Bay Area.

    What sticks in my mind is how city residents pulled together post quake / fire. An atmosphere of equality and community spirit akin to the aftermath of war resulted as tents were pitched in vacant lots and parks and among the ashes of Nob Hill.” — Jack London —