Tour of Alcatraz Federal Prison
Trip Start Jul 24, 2008
6Trip End Jul 27, 2008
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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.