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Out in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, the island of Alcatraz
is a world unto itself. Isolation, one of the constants of island life
for any inhabitant - soldier,
plant - is a recurrent theme in the unfolding history of Alcatraz.
Alcatraz Island is one of Golden Gate National Recreation Area's most popular
destinations, offering a close-up look at a historic and infamous federal
prison long off-limits to the public. Visitors to the island can not only
explore the remnants of the prison, but learn about the Native American
of 1969 - 1971, early military fortifications and the West Coast's first
(and oldest operating) lighthouse. These structures stand among the island's
many natural features - gardens, tidepools, bird nests, and bay views beyond
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Alcatraz is best known for its sinister reputation. Called "The
Rock", "Hellcatraz"and "Uncle Sam's Devils Island"
Alcatraz is best remembered for its 29 years as the maximum-security, minimum-privilege
federal penitentiary that housed some of America's most notorious criminals.
What is a pelican doing on this page about Alcatraz Island? In 1775
the Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala charted the Bay and named the
Island "La Isla de los Alcatraces" for the pelicans he found
there. Follow this pelican for a complete tour
of the island.
Alcatraz WWW Homepage would not exist but for the time and energy of volunteers.
The VIP (Volunteer
In Park) program is vital to the operation of our National Parks. For
more information on volunteering, contact your favorite National Park unit.
We can be reached at [email protected].
The contents of this document are made available for the use of individuals
and may not be copied or otherwise transmitted without the permission of
the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
You are visitor number 45695 since March 18, 1996.