Located on an island in the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, a maximum-security prison from 1934 to 1963, was a holding cell for some of the most notorious criminals of that time. It’s reputation as an escape-proof prison, along with stories of attempted break-outs, captured the imagination of the public over the years.

Now a federal museum, each year more than one million visitors tour the prison walking through its deserted corridors, past abandoned inmate cells and rooms, feeling the sense of haunted isolation that permeates the island.


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