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Alcatraz

Welcome to the Alcatraz Website of pictures within the World from the Web Home page. Located on the west coast of California in the San Francisco Bay, this small island has a unique past. Most famous as a prison, the island has a noted past originally as a lighthouse (first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast), military prison, the infamous federal penitentiary, the historic 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes, starting in 1969-1971 and now an administered National Park Service site as part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The penitentiary was open from 1934-1963 on Alcatraz Island. It is best known as the world's most legendary prison. It was occupied by infamous inmates Al "Scarface" Capone and the "Birdman" Robert Stroud. This helped to establish the island's notoriety.

The National Park Service administers Alcatraz Island as a unit of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). It is advised to purchase tickets in advance (Alcatraz frequently sells out). Contact Alcatraz Cruises, their website is www.alcatrazcruises.com. The Alcatraz ferry departs from Pier 33, located on The Embarcadero near the intersection of Bay Street. The walk from the boat to the prison involves climbing up about 130 feet. For more information, contact Alcatraz Island, National Park Service, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, B201, San Francisco, CA 94123.


All pictures are from Alcatraz, using various film and digital cameras.


On the boat to Alcatraz Island, the view of San Francisco.
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On the boat to Alcatraz Island, the view of San Francisco.
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The view of Alcatraz Island from the boat ride.
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The dining hall at Alcatraz.
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The kitchen adjacent to the dining hall at Alcatraz.
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A typical prison cell in Alcatraz.
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Another prison cell in Alcatraz.
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This prison cell has many of the articles found in a typical prison cell in Alcatraz.
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The most famous prisoners at Alcatraz, that is Al Capone on the far left.
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The control center at Alcatraz.
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A guard in typical uniform found on the prison island.
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The view of San Francisco as seen from outside the control center on Alcatraz Island.
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The view of San Francisco as seen from outside the control center on Alcatraz Island.
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