Alcatraz Island, located in the San Francisco Bay, has a rich and intriguing history

Indigenous Occupation: Before European colonization, Alcatraz Island was home to the Ohlone people.

Civil War Fortress: During the American Civil War, Alcatraz Island served as a military fortress.

Notable Lighthouse: In 1854, a lighthouse was built on Alcatraz Island to improve navigation in the bay.

Military Prison: In 1861, Alcatraz became a military prison for holding soldiers and military personnel.

Conversion to Federal Penitentiary: In 1934, Alcatraz was converted into a federal penitentiary to house.

Infamous Inmates: Alcatraz housed some of America's most notorious criminals, including gangster

Escape Attempts: Over the years, there were 14 known escape attempts by 36 prisoners.

Native American Occupation: After the prison's closure, Alcatraz Island was occupied by a group of Native Americans

Alcatraz Today: Since 1972, Alcatraz Island has been managed by the National Park Service.

Iconic Status: Alcatraz has become an iconic symbol of law enforcement and the struggle for justice.