Jul 08, 2019 · Alcatraz Island Map This is a general map of the island showing various structures. For your safety, please listen to the announcements at the dock, since various areas of the island are closed to the public depending on the season. Open the PDF of the Island map by clicking here.
San Francisco Bay. Title: Alcatraz Island Map ... Subject: Map of Alcatraz Island locations and buildings Keywords: Alcatraz, National Park Service, Golden Gate NPS,
The 1910 Alcatraz Island plans map (1.1 mb) is a little hard to read but includes a legend that labels the various proposed buildings to be built. Note how these facility plans preview the current island layout. This 1910 Alcatraz prison map (500 kb) shows the proposed interior of the main prison building as Colonel Taylor envisioned it.
There's no bridge to the island, so visitors going to or from Alcatraz use a ferry operated by Alcatraz Cruises. Ferries leave from San Francisco's Pier 33 about every half hour starting at 8:45 a.m. Parking can be difficult to find near Pier 33, so visitors should use one of the city's many public transportation alternatives instead.
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Location: Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. A ferry, located at Piers 31-33 (cross streets of Embarcadero & Bay Street) will take you to the island. Just remember to make your reservation in advance since this popular attraction tends to sell out up to a week in advance.
- Early Years as a Military Prison. In 1775, Spanish explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala (1745-97) mapped and named rugged Alcatraz Island, christening it La Isla de los Alcatraces, or Island of the Pelicans, due to its large population of sea birds.
- Doing Time as a Federal Prison: 1934-63. In 1933, the Army relinquished Alcatraz to the U.S. Justice Department, which wanted a federal prison that could house a criminal population too difficult or dangerous to be handled by other U.S. penitentiaries.
- Famous Inmates. Among those who did time at The Rock was the notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al “Scarface” Capone, who spent four-and-a-half years there during the 1930s.
- Escape Attempts from Alcatraz. Over the years, there were 14 known attempts to escape from Alcatraz, involving 36 inmates. The Federal Bureau of Prisons reports that of these would-be escapees, 23 were captured, six were shot and killed during their attempted getaways, two drowned and five went missing and were presumed drowned.
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