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Alcatraz Legends & Lore

Discovering The Famous Faces Of Alcatraz

Alcatraz Legends

An Isolated Island For America's Most Infamous Criminals

Alcatraz Island is considered one of the most haunted places in America.  Its history and stories haunt the visitors who walk the hallways of the abandoned concrete building.  The stories date back to when Fort Alcatraz was built in 1859.  Originally built as a U.S. Army Military Defense, the building was later used as a war camp in 1861 followed by a military prison in 1868.  Almost 30 years later the first hospital was built on Alcatraz Island.  After the Alcatraz Fort stopped operating as a military defense, a year later the citadel collapsed.  In 1934 the building was rebuilt and modernized as Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary.

Today, visitors who explore the grounds understand the whole experience when listening to the stories of the prison's most famous legends including Al 'Scarface' Capone and Robert 'Birdman' Stroud.

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