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Alcatraz: Explore America’s Most Famous Prison

It's impossible to escape the perilous history of this jagged piece of land in San Francisco Bay.

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  • Mrs Mae Capone, wife of America’s best-known gangster Al Capone, walks up the gangplank of the Alcatraz Island boat to visit her husband on the Island prison in San Francisco bay, 1938.

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  • An inmate worker distributes trays near the steam table. Bars separate the kitchen from the mess hall. circa 1951

alcatraz paper mache head
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  • Model of inmate Clarence Anglin’s head. This head was constructed to show the right side of the face only when placed in a cell bed. The face was reconstructed in 1981.

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  • A Native American man on crutches takes a picture during a takeover of Alcatraz Island by a group of Native Americans, San Francisco, California, June 1970.