Recently my husband and I decided to visit Alcatraz Island. We have been a couple times in the past but we had not been for several years so we decided to go out to the Island because it was a beautiful day. To get over to the Island you take a Ferry Boat which is always enjoyable to ride.
In the past we only went straight up to the top of Alcatraz Island to the location of the Prison but this time around we got lucky to get on the Island in time for a Ranger Tour of the Island. We got to go in places that was off limit to the public do to unsafe areas plus our tour group was one of the last to go in this area for several months do to the Western Gull breeding season about to start. Alcatraz Island is home to one of the largest Western Gull Colonies. On the Island Tour they talked about the plants and animals that live on the Island. Plus we got a chance to see some of the Gardens that are being restored to how they use to be in the late 1800's to early 1900's.
Alcatraz Island Info:
Alcatraz Island was originally an Army Fort to protect San Francisco starting in 1852 and was decommissioned in 1907. In 1934 Alcatraz became a Federal Penitentiary as a High-Profile, Maximum Security Prison. The prison was shut down in 1963.
Out of the 1,545 prisoners that stayed in Alcatraz only a few of them had been notorious. The most notorious prisoners in Alcatraz was Al Scarface Capone, Doc Barker, Alvin Creepy Karpis, George Machine Gun Kelley, Floyd Hamilton, and Robert Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz.
The Lighthouse on Alcatraz Island was the first Light House along the Pacific Coast.
Today Alcatraz is a National Park that visitors all over the world come to see.
Photos from Alcatraz:
Photo credits: , Susan Pettitt.