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Machine Gun Kelly

Machine Gun Kelly and His Lost Years on Alcatraz

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By Guest Blogger Michael Esslinger These five words seem to be written in fire on the walls of my cellRead More
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postcard of Alcatraz Island

Postcards From Alcatraz

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Historic Postcards- As one of the most popular attractions in San Francisco, let alone the entire United States, Alcatraz isRead More
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Alcatraz

Alcatraz Exhibits Take The Stage At Parc 55 & Hilton SF Union Square

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“Alcatraz: Life On The Rock” and “Alcatraz, The Last Day” Exhibits Take the Stage at Parc 55 Hotel and HiltonRead More
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Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

A Bridge Is Born

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Sharing the accolade with Alcatraz Island as one of TripAdvisor’s “Top Ten Landmarks in the United States,” the Golden GateRead More
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newspaper front page 1937

The December Departures From Alcatraz

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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

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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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Alcatraz inmate mugshot side and front view

James “Whitey” Bulger Was No Ordinary Criminal

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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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Former Alcatraz guard George DeVincenzi working the cell door mechanism

Former Alcatraz Guard Shares His Story About Life on “The Rock”

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Retired Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary guard George DeVincenzi served on “The Rock” from 1950 to 1958, departing just five years beforeRead More
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