Alcatraz part 2, San Francisco

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Back at Alcatraz today for another set of photos, this time taken within the prison and grounds themselves. And some random facts about the island which I found out from the absolutely brilliant audio tour while I was there and from …

– The food at Alcatraz was considered to be the best in the entire prison system.

– There were only 28 deaths on the island – 5 suicides, 8 murders and 15 deaths of natural causes/illnesses.

– Alcatraz held 302 prisoners at it’s peak capacity, and an average of 260.

– Even after a prisoner had died, their lifeless corpses were still chained and shackled for removal from the island.

– The families of the guards that lived on the island had surprisingly good facilities on hand, like a gelateria, bowling alley and convenience store.

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7 thoughts on “Alcatraz part 2, San Francisco

  1. Love these posts. I visited a couple of years ago and could not get my head around the idea that children grew up there, just a few feet from some of the most dangerous men in the country. The whole place fascinates me!

  2. Pingback: Top 10 Things To Do in San Francisco | Eat. Travel. Blog: Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Dreamer

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