Travel: Alcatraz Island

Welcome back. This week we are off to Alcatraz Island. Enjoy!

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“Alcatraz Island is located in San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles offshore from San Francisco. You take a ferry out to the island. It is a notorious prison now a museum with fascinating audio tour. It once housed some of America’s most dangerous felons. Among those who served time there was Al Capone and murderer Robert “Birdman of Alcatraz” Stroud. No inmate ever successfully escaped “The Rock” as the prison was nicknamed. The federal prison was built to house a criminal population too difficult or dangerous to be handled by other US penitentiaries. As you learn on the tour it also housed a number of rebellious American Indians. The prison guards and their families lived on the island. This maximum security prison was shut down in 1963 because of high operating expenses. It became a museum and open to the public in 1973. The tour of the island is beautiful and the prison itself eerie! Go check it out for yourselves. You won’t be sorry!”

Blog Post and Pictures by Margie Dingfelder

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