Alcatraz Island :: San Francisco, California :: Alcatraz, once the home of a federal prison that locked up some of America's most notorious criminals, was only open for three decades before shutting its doors, but that didn't stop the inmates from sticking around.

Alcatraz Island :: San Francisco, California :: Alcatraz, once the home of a federal prison that locked up some of America's most notorious criminals, was only open for three decades before shutting its doors, but that didn't stop the inmates from sticking around.

March 21, 1963: Alcatraz closes its doors.Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At it’s peak period of use in 1950s, “The Rock, or “”America’s Devil Island” housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable.The twelve-acre rocky island, one and a half miles from San Francisco, featured the most advanced security of the time. Some of the…

March 21, 1963: Alcatraz closes its doors.Alcatraz Prison in San Francisco Bay closes down and transfers its last prisoners. At it’s peak period of use in 1950s, “The Rock, or “”America’s Devil Island” housed over 200 inmates at the maximum-security facility. Alcatraz remains an icon of American prisons for its harsh conditions and record for being inescapable.The twelve-acre rocky island, one and a half miles from San Francisco, featured the most advanced security of the time. Some of the…

Light house and Wardens house on Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz, aka "The Rock", was first established as a military fort in the 1850s by the US Army. During the Civil War, it became a military prison and in 1934, a federal maximum security prison for high-risk civilian prisoners. Out of 36 inmates attempting to escape, none succeeded. In 1963, due to the inability to restore & maintain it, the prison was closed. San Francisco, CA.

Light house and Wardens house on Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz, aka "The Rock", was first established as a military fort in the 1850s by the US Army. During the Civil War, it became a military prison and in 1934, a federal maximum security prison for high-risk civilian prisoners. Out of 36 inmates attempting to escape, none succeeded. In 1963, due to the inability to restore & maintain it, the prison was closed. San Francisco, CA.

BIO: On this day in 1963, Alcatraz prison, once home to Al Capone, closes its doors. Read more about 'Scarface.'

BIO: On this day in 1963, Alcatraz prison, once home to Al Capone, closes its doors. Read more about 'Scarface.'

Alcatraz tour was impressive.  With the headphones on and your eyes closed, you swore you'd open them to see the guys in the lunchroom or in the excercise yard.

Alcatraz tour was impressive. With the headphones on and your eyes closed, you swore you'd open them to see the guys in the lunchroom or in the excercise yard.

Dummy heads from Alcatraz

Alcatraz 1962 escapees had small chance of success

Alcatraz HDR | An HDR of Alcatraz prison Full site at: www.n… | Flickr

Alcatraz HDR | An HDR of Alcatraz prison Full site at: www.n… | Flickr

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