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Travel Photo – Locked up in Alcatraz

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Alcatraz - A typical cell in the infamous Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay

While traveling in San Francisco, visiting my buddy Samit, we did many of the “Things to do in San Francisco.”  That included a visit to Alcatraz Island, home of notorious criminals Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz), George “Machine Gun” Kelly and James “Whitey” Bulger. The cells are staged to take you back to a time where Alcatraz escapes made national news headlines. An audio tour guides you through some of Alcatraz greatest events as a federal penitentiary.

1962 Escape from Alcatraz

The most famous escape from Alcatraz occurred in 1962 when Frank Morris, John Anglin and Clarence Anglin expanded a concrete vent hole in their with the use of homemade chisels. They accessed a utility room between cell blocks which ultimately led to their freedom. The question of whether or not they actually lived has not been factually answered. They were never found, but a raft did show up on a nearby island that was clearly constructed by them. I believe they lived, it’s makes the story that much more interesting.

We highly encourage all visitors to San Francisco to visit Alcatraz Island as part of a tour. Learn more about our experience and our impressions of Alcatraz Tours.

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There’s nothing like Alcatraz, and the headphone tour!

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