Alcatraz


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Published: April 14th 2010
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10th April
It was a very wet Sunday that we went to Alcatraz. The boat ride was a bit choppy - thank goodness it only lasted 20 minutes. A lot of the buildings are falling down, with the cell block being one of the only buildings remaining standing.

The audio tour is recommended and it will take you around the cell block, fully explaining the hardships as well as the attempted escapes made by the inmates. It was interesting to learn that families of the jail wardens actually lived on the island and commuted daily by boat to the mainland to attend school. Apparently, the children would stand outside the jail block and sing Christmas carols to the inmates each Christmas Eve. The jail ceased functioning as such on 31st March 1962.


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The mainland seems not so far away....The mainland seems not so far away....
The mainland seems not so far away....

there was only 1 ever successful escape.
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Most of the out buildings are derelict.
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75th Anniversary was in 2009.
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The open showers that were used by inmates upon their internment. They walked naked to their cells before getting dressed.
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Inmates personal belongings were left here prior to their showering.
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Where inmates left their personal belongings part 2.
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A very attractive (yuck) photo of Michelle.
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Walking through the cell blocks.
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Famous inmates.
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Famous inmates.
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A standard cell.
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Booklet of rules and regulations.
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The entrance to the dining room.
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The Gun Gallery.
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Maximum security.


18th April 2010

Eerie
Scary place I suppose ................. its a no place for me to go and see. I'd rather go shopping instead.

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