September 20, 2005

Alcatraz 1: Around the Rock

POST #    1884

Get ready for lots of photos from Alcatraz! While out in San Francisco, one of the things I wanted to do was visit Alcatraz. How touristy, I know. What can you say though, it's one of those things you need to do. Unfortunately, when we went on the first tour of the day, it was foggy and cold, not the most favorable conditions to be visiting an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay. I'll try to break it up here and there with a few non-Alcatraz posts.

Alcatraz has a history that dates to the 1850's as a military base to defend San Francisco Bay. During the Civil War, it served as a fort for the Union Army, defending the bay. Starting in the late 50's, the island started to house prisoners, which grew gradually during the war as the Army officially turning the island into a prison in 1861.

In 1933, the Army handed the island over to the Bureau of Prisons and with its isolated location, held some of the nation's most notorious criminals: Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Alvin Karpis (Ma barker's partner), and Robert Franklin Stroud (The Birdman of Alcatraz).

On Thursday, 21 March 1963, Alcatraz closed its doors to inmates as the cost of running the isolated prison became too expensive with costs approaching $6 million a year.

Posted by tien mao in Photos, Travel at 7:59 AM



did you do something funky with your camera on that last shot? shannan - you look very long.
or perhaps it's just cause you're really tall.

Posted by: christina at September 20, 2005 10:02 AM

I love the third shot, through the barbed wire.

Posted by: Jen at September 20, 2005 10:17 AM

no, nothing on the last shot. it was down a slope though.

jen, that 3rd shot was actually not barbed wire, but a chain link fence to prevent people from going into that old building.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 20, 2005 11:56 AM

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