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Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay was the site of the first lighthouse in the western United States. It became a federal penitentiary in 1934 and housed a number of infamous criminals, including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert Stroud, the “Birdman of Alcatraz.”
The island’s location in San Francisco Bay’s cold waters and strong currents with shark sightings made it escape-proof. It was intended to be a “last resort prison: to hold the worst of the worst who had no hope of rehabilitation.
36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts. None were successful. In 1962, three men escaped on a raft they had surreptitiously made. The FBI pursued hundreds of leads but found no conclusive evidence to show if the escape succeeded or failed.
Alcatraz was the most expensive prison and for that reason, it was closed in March, 1963.
Alcatraz Island is now a part of the 80,000-acre Golden Gate Recreation Area. It is one of San Francisco’s most popular attractions, with more than 1 million people visiting the island each year.
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