Alcatraz Prison Picture – Step Back in Time
As I was writing about our recent tour of Alcatraz Prison and posting several pictures, I came across one of my favorite old time Alcatraz Prison Pictures. I took this photo several years ago in the 1970’s when some of the original buildings were still intact.
On our recent tour, we were surprised to see the buildings now gone! 😥 The lower buildings below the water tower were known as Building B & C. These are the buildings no longer on the Island today.
Check out my photo taken on my first visit to Alcatraz Island Prison.
Old Alcatraz Picture I Captured in the 1970’s
On our recent Tour of Alcatraz, I am still amazed by the feeling that sweeps over you when you step out onto the Island. With the many improvements made for visitors, especially the full commentary audio tour, you literally begin to take a step back in time and experience what life must have been like when the prison was in operation.
Now a National Park and Heritage Site, they have done a wonderful job putting this audio tour together. Hear commentary from former Guards and Inmates as they reminisce about life on Alcatraz. With superior sound effects, you get a feeling of some of the major events that took place over the years at the Prison.
I have included a detailed map below of the Island that I thought you would enjoy seeing. It gives you an idea of how big the Island is and what many of the structures were used for. Inmates, guards and their wives and children, as well as the Warden lived on Alcatraz Island. The only way on and off was by boat.
Map of the Island Alcatraz Prison
As you can see, by this map completed in 2003, the lower buildings are now gone! Be sure to visit a fantastic website devoted to the history of Alcatraz. The website details the infamous past of the 1930’s to the 1960’s, when the Prison was in operation. It is filled with pictures, articles and audio portions that should not be missed!
Read all about “The Rock” and Prison Life back in the dirty 30’s!
Have you visited Alcatraz? If so, what did you like best?
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