San Francisco: Alcatraz Prison and National Park

A few more photos! Better quality today, since they were taken with my phone. (Click to enlarge.)

The cells in Alcatraz were designed for only one man. Given what can happen in prison (cough, author of Protection, cough) I thought that sounded like an extravagance, but according to the tour, inmates found the isolation demoralizing.

Alcatraz is surprisingly beautiful…

Wow. Look at the gorgeous detail from my already outdated Samsung Galaxy II. I really do need a new camera. Anyhoo, Alcatraz has a history beyond the famous prison. It started as a military fort, to help the U.S. maintain its then-fragile grip on the west coast. Years after the prison was shut down, the island was briefly claimed by Native American activists. You can read about both here.

The prison library…

More pictures tomorrow!

2 thoughts on “San Francisco: Alcatraz Prison and National Park

  1. Thanks for posting more pix! I knew that about the Native Americans taking control of the island. It kind of petered out as I remember. It was in the newspapers back in the day.

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