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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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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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mugshot of three inmates for Alcatraz

Anglin Brothers Escape

Educational, History
Guest Blog Post -Michael Esslinger If you were to gather a group of National Park Rangers who work on AlcatrazRead More
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National Maritime Day 5/22/18 #SFMaritimeDay

Alcatraz Cruises Celebrates National Maritime Day

America’s National Maritime Day is a time-honored tradition that recognizes one of our country’s most important industries. In honor ofRead More
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5 kids on Alcatraz Island, Jolene Babyak at far right

Growing Up On Alcatraz

Guest Blog Post – Jolene Babyak Among the many revelations about Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary that surprise most people is thatRead More
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Jim and Kathy Albright wedding on Alcatraz Island

The History Of An Alcatraz Prison Guard

[Guest Blogger Jim Albright] Cathy, our son Kenneth, and I were living around the Denver area when I took the test,Read More
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Father Bernard Bush at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing

Father Bernard Bush Recalls Time on “The Rock”

Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary opened in 1934 and when it closed its cell doors for the last time in 1963, more thanRead More
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Bill Baker on Alcatraz Island with San Francisco in background

A Message From Former Inmate Bill Baker

Educational, History
[Guest Blogger Bill Baker] Hello, I’m William Baker, former inmate of Alcatraz. Now that I am back to the straight andRead More
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