Dubbed ‘The Rock’, it’s hard to believe that a small island off the coast of San Francisco became one of the most notorious prisons in the world. Starting life as a fort in 1859, Alcatraz Island’s remote location soon proved a handy spot for housing insubordinates, Civil War deserters and “uncooperative” Native Americans, though it wasn’t until 1934 that Alcatraz became a full-blown federal penitentiary. America’s first maximum-security prison was specifically designed to house the worst of the worst, with inmates deemed unfit for other prisons banished to the island. In it’s time, Alcatraz was home to prominent criminal ringleaders and notorious murderers, with Al ‘Scarface’ Capone and the infamous Robert ‘Birdman’ Stroud behind bars here. An inescapable prison, even today the dark history of Alcatraz still permeates, with more than 1 million travellers making their way to the offshore prison each year. One of San Francisco’s most unlikely and most popular of tourist attractions, a visit to Alcatraz will stay with you for life.
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