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Welcome to 'the ROCK' ! Spectacular Alcatraz Island has endless stories to share - so, 


discover here, the surprising history of "the little island with the BIG reputation", and 


of over a dozen daring and dangerous prison escape attempts while meeting the people


who lived on Alcatraz - prison guards and their families, and survivors who did 'hard-time'  at


America's most infamous federal prison! 


Explore with us - the mysterious U.S.P.-Alcatraz prison history, enjoy the historic and


colorful gardens, and witness the spectacular Alcatraz seabird colonies - and MUCH more!


We hope you enjoy exploring our new, ever-expanding web-portal to amazing Alcatraz!


Please click links below, or follow the Subjects page listings at the top of this home page. 

Alcatraz Island , much more than 'just an old prison'- was once home to America's most dangerous federal prison, and, is now- also a unique and enticing opportunity to 

explore multiple layers of intriguing American history. . .

For many, interest in Alcatraz history begins with a 

natural curiosity for the site of America's very first 'Super-Maximum Security' Federal Prison, U.S.P. - Alcatraz (1934-1963). The intense public interest was fostered by an intense secrecy created by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons when it opened in August 1934, and continuing for decades.  

Numerous notorious criminals from America's infamous 'Gangster Era' ,including Al 'Scarface' Capone, Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis, and George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly - were transferred to 'the Rock' from other federal prisons - as 'escape risks'.  


With the arrival of the first Federal prisoners, in August of 1934 an intensifying public interest developed - and Hollywood movie producers responded with a succession of 'Gangster-Era' themed releases.


The first of the major productions, would star two major leading-male actors of the time, Edgar G. Robinson and Jimmy Stewart - 'The Last Gangster' (1937).


A succession of Hollywood films would follow, including the iconic 'Escape fromAlcatraz' - detailing the 1962 'Great Escape', starring lead actor Clint Eastwood, and then the blockbuster - 'The Rock' - featuring box-office stars Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage (1996). 

Since Alcatraz Island opened as a U.S. National Park site, in 1973, visitors numbering up to nearly 1.5 million - from all points around the globe - have traveled to this special historic island each year.

Visitors who share the Alcatraz experience, are enriched by the history revealed during their brief visit-as they discover significant Civil War military history, historic gardens, the site of the first light-house on the American west coast, and the surprising colonies of seasonal nesting seabirds. 


We hope you enjoy your 'virtual visit' to our site 'AlcatrazTheRock.com' - and hopefully are planning an actual visit sometime in the not-to-distant future!


There are numerous fascinating discoveries to share -from the Civil War/Fortress Era, through the infamous penitentiary period, to today's National Park site - so please - enjoy your 'visit' and return often,  as this is an ever-evolving site!


Check out our blog posts below, navigate other pages at the top of this home-page, or click on images in 'Virtual Tours' to connect

to expanding content:  Explore Alcatraz Island . . .

expanding blog posts 'clickable' below:


 'Welcome to 'the Rock'! I'm Ian Craig, alcatraztherock.com publisher, National Park Service Certified Program Guide, Alcatraz Historian, and Media Producer. And, welcome to our newly revamped, and ever-evolving, destination web portal. Alcatraz Island is currently re-opened on a limited basis, and tours are limited to outside areas. No entry to Prison Building, Shops, etc. So, we've endeavored to create Virtual Tours for you to explore this historical island, to assist in planning a visit, and to share the unique opportunity to meet, through our vast video interview collection - 14 former prisoners, former guards, prison minister, and family members who grew up on the island! Stay Tuned!


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