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Alcatraz Island - Wikipedia


Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) offshore from San .... Alcatraz, built as a "heavily fortified military site on the West Coast", formed a "tr...

Alcatraz - Facts & Summary - HISTORY.com


Following construction to make the existing complex at Alcatraz more secure, the maximum-security facility officially opened on July 1, 1934. The first warden ...

Alcatraz Facts & Figures


The cells in A-Block were only used a few times for (rare) short term lock-up periods when an inmate did not require full solitary confinement seclusion, but ...

Home - AlcatrazHistory.com


These historical works were created from over twenty years of source record research and first person interviews conducted with numerous Alcatraz prisoners,  ...

The Long History of Alcatraz Island, California - Legends of America


Alcatraz Long History - Though most prominently known for the years it ... (53° F) and the swift currents surrounding the island made it an ideal site for a prison, ...

Famous Inmates of Alcatraz - Biography.com


Aug 22, 2014 ... The only “Rock” back then was Alcatraz, the maximum-security prison ... by the severity of life at Alcatraz, while restless inmates who made a ...

History and Facts About Alcatraz Prison - Geography - About.com


In response, the U.S. Army built a fortress on the rocky face of Alcatraz. They made plans to install more than 100 cannons, making Alcatraz the most heavily ...

Alcatraz Prison Closes | History Today


Mar 3, 2013 ... In the 1850s the United States army built a fortress there, to protect ... In 1933, because escape from it was considered impossible, Alcatraz was ...

Facts About Alcatraz Prison | USA Today


Inmates made 14 escape attempts in the 29 years that Alcatraz operated as a federal prison. According to the official record, no one has ever escaped from ...

U.S. Penitentiary Alcatraz - Alcatraz Island (U.S. National Park Service)


Prisons are a reflection of society and the reflection offered by Alcatraz is one of great ... by crime, a response had to be made and Alcatraz was that response.

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10 Things You May Not Know About Alcatraz - History in the Headlines


Mar 21, 2013 ... Get all the facts and figures about the island of Alcatraz, commonly ... Park Service recently rebuilt an Alcatraz water tower, it made sure to ...

The History of Alcatraz Island


Today, Alcatraz is one of the biggest tourist magnets and most famous landmarks of San Francisco. The island's mystique, which was created primarily by books ...

BOP: Alcatraz


The Army also made plans to install more than 100 cannons on the island, making Alcatraz the most heavily fortified military site on the West Coast. Together ...