The Allure of Alcatraz
Telescopes on a San Francisco boardwalk allow passers by to study Alcatraz from a safe distance.
January 01, 1953 License
A colorful cartoon postcard depicts Alcatraz as the 'Last Resort,' where guest can enjoy amenities like free room and board and bars in every room.
January 01, 1952 License
Author Joan Didion, seen here touring Alcatraz, included an essay about the prison called "Rock of Ages" in her seminal collection of essays "Slouching Toward Bethlehem"
January 01, 1900 License
People take a guided tour of Alcatraz Prison, a designated National Historic Landmark
June 06, 1981 License
In this 1962 film, Burt Lancaster portrays Alcatraz inmate Robert Franklin Stroud, who was considered one of the most dangerous criminals in America.
January 01, 1962 License
Burt Lancaster as Robert Frank Stroud in The Birdman of Alcatraz.
In 1969, a group of Native American activists occupied Alcatraz Island for almost two years in an attempt to reclaim the land under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
December 01, 1969 License
In 2003, the National Parks Service began selling concrete rubble from Alcatraz as souvenirs. At $4.95 per box, the official Alcatraz rocks were expected to bring in an extra $20,000-$40,000 per year.
July 02, 2003 License
Guards stand watch over a cell block in Alcatraz circa 1934
August 19, 1934 License
In the 1937 film 'Alcatraz Island,' wealthy racketeer Gat Brady (played by John Litel) tries to hide his criminal reputation, and jail sentence at Alcatraz, from his young daughter.
January 01, 1937 License
Hot dogs and chili on the menu at Alcaraz Prison in 1956
March 14, 1956 License
Clint Eastwood stars as a hardened criminal confined at the maximum security prison in a scene from the 1979 film Escape From Alcatraz
A poster for the 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz
January 01, 1979 License
In one of his most famous fitness stunts, body builder and former Mr. America Jack LaLanne swam handcuffed from Alcatraz Island in San Fransisco Bay to Fisherman's Wharf in San Fransisco Harbor.
July 12, 1955 License
Tourists clamor for the perfect view of Alcatraz from Route 101 along the San Francisco Bay.
January 01, 1997 License
A vintage post card shows Alcatraz Island as a sleepy fortress safe enough to float your sailboat by.