Alcatraz Tour…California Part 2
This is Part 2 segment of our California Trip. To see Part 1 click here.
The tour begins…up ahead…The Barracks Apartments.
The Alcatraz Tour boat with the Golden Gate bridge in view! So beautiful!
The Guard Tower…we were not allowed to climb up the stairs.
The Social Hall, destroyed by fire during the Native American occupation.
The cellhouse, now empty of the dangerous criminals who were once housed there, still carries remnants of the dark events to which these walls once bore witness. If you look off the the right, you will see some of the notable inmates in Alcatraz.
Brandon, my son-in-law, acting like he can’t get out of prison. Okay…maybe his mother-in-law put him up to it☺ Don’t you just love when they play along?
The Warden’s home…time has eroded…
Alcatraz and history go hand in hand. It was once home to some of America’s most notorious criminals, the federal penitentiary that operated here from 1934 to 1963 brought a dark mystique to the Rock. The presence of infamous inmates like Al “Scarface” Capone, and the “Birdman” Robert Stroud helped to establish the island’s notoriety. This prison has such a mysterious aura to it…you can almost feel what happened in there!
Many people, though, are unaware of the wealth of other stories to be learned on the island. Alcatraz is now home to beautiful rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife, and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. My daughter and I had a contest who could photograph the best sea bird picture. I won. Her husband consoled her, telling her that I had the better camera. How cute is that? Civil War-era buildings dotting the island give insight into the 19th century when the island served as both a harbor defense fort and a military prison. You can also see visible reminders of the American Indian Occupation that started in 1969 after the prison closed.
Some very interesting facts…a total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught, six were shot and killed during their escape, two drowned, and five are listed as “missing and presumed drowned”.
If you haven’t experienced the beauty, history and infamy of Alcatraz on the San Francisco Bay, you will be amazed by what you learn and see. I HIGHLY recommend it!
I would love to know how many of you have had this great experience of seeing “The Rock?” Were you as shocked as I was on the beauty that waited for you on the island?
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