Alcatraz Island, San Francisco
I went to San Francisco for a meeting in 2006. Some friends took me around for some sightseeing. I had been to San Francisco many time, but went to different tourist areas. This day I was walking on the shore and taking the photos of this famous Alcatraz Island. A bird flew in front of me, and I took this timely shot.
The Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary or United States Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island (often just referred to as Alcatraz) was a maximum high-security federal prison on Alcatraz Island, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) off the coast of San Francisco, California, which operated from 1934 to 1963.
The main prison building was built in 1910–1912 the island became a prison of the Federal Bureau of Prison in August 1934 after the buildings were modernized to meet the requirements of a top-notch security prison. Given this high security and the location of Alcatraz in the cold waters and strong currents of San Francisco Bay, the prison operators believed Alcatraz to be escape-proof and America’s strongest prison.
Today the penitentiary is a public museum and one of San Francisco’s major tourist attractions.
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