The hills are alive
Golden Bear Status
The warden’s house was destroyed by a fire that swept the island in 1970
In the late 1960s, Alcatrz was claimed as Native American territory. A number of “settlers” lived on the island and made a home out of the cells and barracks.
Bay Bridge View
Sea birds have made the island’s burnt-out buildings home
End of Innocence
Don’t drop the soap
Room without a view
No easy way out
The inmate’s favorite day was New Year’s Eve. That night, they all got to play instruments and, if the wind was right, they could hear parties on the mainland
View from the library
View across the bay
If anyone has seen Escape From Alcatraz, these are the pipes the inmates shimmied-up to get to the rooftop. Three inmates escaped and were never found. All were believed to have either drowned or succumbed to hypothermia.
The Battle of Alcatraz took place on May 2nd, 1946, and couldn’t have happened without this key. It unlocked the gun gallery that allowed guards to shoot prisoners who attempted escape. The prospective escapees overpowered two guards and used a homemade bar-spreader to get into the gun gallery. This key was then lowered by one convict to another who locked up the guards and shot two in cold blood, killing them. After a standoff in one of the cutoffs, the marines were called in and all convicts were killed or wounded by grenades. The surviving convicts were later executed.
Meanwhile, back on the mainland…