Tour of Alcatraz Federal Prison

Trip Start Jul 24, 2008
Trip End Jul 27, 2008

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Flag of United States  , California
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Alcatraz is site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes and more currently, a bird sanctuary.

From the mid 1930's until the mid 1960's, ."The Rock" was America's premier maximum-security prison, the final stop for the nation's most incorrigible inmates. Famous inmates were Robert Stroud "Birdman of Alcatraz", George "Machine Gun" Kelly, Al Capone, Alvin Karpis (the first "Public Enemy #1"), and Arthur "Doc" Barker.

Over the 29 years that the Federal prison operated, 36 men (including two who tried to escape twice) were involved in 14 separate escape attempts. Of these, 23 were caught, 6 were shot and killed during their escape, and 2 drowned.

In 1964 and 1969 Alcatraz was "liberated" by Indians of All Tribes, changing the course of U.S. history by helping to establish tribal rights of self determination.
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