Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of San Francisco Bay in California. It was formerly used as a military stockade and later as a maximum security prison. Today, the island is a historic site supervised by the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. It is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Its name comes from the Spanish word for gannet.
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Alcatraz After Dark
A set of photos from a trip to Alcatraz at night.
Official site of the former federal prison, military fortification, lighthouse, and site of a 1969-1972 Native American occupation.
A history of the prison including famous inmates, rules and regulations, and escape attempts.
A Brief History of Alcatraz
Describes before the prison was built, the rock, birdman, escape attempts, and the closure of the facility. Compiled by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
FBI Freedom of Information Act: Alcatraz Escape
An article on the 1962 escape of three prisoners. With photographs of their cells.
Post at Alcatraz Island
History as a US military post.
Warden Johnston's Alcatraz: 1933 to 1948
Includes timeline, convict biographies, historic documents, maps, official statistics, and photographs.
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