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The December Departures From Alcatraz

Educational, History
Guest Blog Post – Michael Esslinger Two escapes, occurring on the same day a quarter century apart and both aidedRead More
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Canon and ammunition on Alcatraz Island

Revisiting the Civil War Living History Day on Alcatraz Island

The Friends of Civil War Alcatraz (FOCWA) is a non-profit group that supports the interpretation of Civil War history onRead More
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Alcatraz Island seen from a speeding boat with brilliant blue sky

Cruising The Bay In The Off-Season

Cruising San Francisco Bay during the off-season is an experience that encompasses mysterious weather, slower crowds and freedom to roam.Read More
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NPS rangers conduct a tour of the main cell bock on Alcatraz Island circa 1979.

The History of Alcatraz as a National Park

Educational, History
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), a unit of the National Park Service, was established by Congress in 1972 asRead More
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Native American Occupiers on Alcatraz Island

Native American Occupation

History
One of the most significant, yet often-forgotten, historical “landmarks” of Alcatraz Island is the Native American Occupation, which was inRead More
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Alcatraz Island

GGNRA is one of the Largest Urban Parks in the World

Experience
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is one of the largest urban national parks in the world. Established in 1972Read More
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Alcatraz Island New Industries Building

Experience The Many Moods Of Alcatraz Island

Experience
Designed for those that want to discover the deeper mysteries of Alcatraz Island, the National Park Service and Alcatraz CruisesRead More
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Brown dog running out of the bay with Alcatraz Island in background

Dog Days At The Parks

Experience
There’s no greater satisfaction than getting out to the parks with your four-legged bestie. With 37 distinct park sites, overRead More
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Native American occupiers in attire performing ceremony on Alcatraz Island

Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremony on Alcatraz Island

Experience, History
Alcatraz Cruises and the National Park Service host two annual Indigenous People’s Sunrise Ceremonies each year. This year, the gatheringsRead More
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Alcatraz inmate mugshot side and front view

James “Whitey” Bulger Was No Ordinary Criminal

Educational, History
Guest Blog Post -Michael Esslinger James “Whitey” Bulger, 1428-AZ, was no ordinary criminal. When he arrived on Alcatraz in 1958,Read More
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