6.23.2010

Alcatraz



 The famous Alcatraz (an island about 1.5 miles off the coast of San Francisco, California) is best known for it's years as a federal penitentiary where it held infamous cons like Al Capone.  Rich with history, Alcatraz started as a military fortification.  Six years after Alcatraz closed it's doors as a penitentiary, 1969,  a group of Native Americans of all tribes claimed the small island as "Indian Land".  They stayed there for 19 months before peacefully escorted off.  You can still see graffiti from this event like shown in the first image. 

Alcatraz was surprisingly beautiful.  They have gardens there and the island also provides a sanctuary for birds.   The history and stories behind it were enthralling.  It was well worth the half day we spent exploring this legend of a place.

23 comments:

Rachey Smart said...

I went to Alcatraz last October and I absolutely loved it. Its such an interesting place. Your pics are beautiful as always. I just love reading your blog Rach! :D

Kimbirdy said...

alcatraz is totally fascinating! glad you got to hang out here in san francisco! it's the best isn't it?! :)

J and A said...

I've always wanted to visit there. Thanks for this post. )

julianne. said...

that is unbelievable doll.<3

Cara said...

ahhh! How crazy is that place!? I want to go!
<3 Cara

Chloë said...

What a cool place to explore! The pictures are oddly beautiful...

ShopGirlXOXO said...

I want to visit Alcatraz someday. It looks rather interesting. I like how they used it in the movie The Book of Eli. I dont want to give it away but if you have watched it, you will know what I mean. :) great shots btw

Debby said...

When we went to visit San Fran my hubby was so upset because all of the tickets were sold out to go over there ~ on the bright side that gives us an excuse to go back. Glad you had fun. I get the feeling you have fun no matter where you are! xo

Melissa Blake said...

Ahhh, I remember that funny scene of Alcatraz in So I Married An Axe Murderer.... lol :)

Krystal said...

I have always wanted to go there!! When I was in the area there was about a week long wait list to tour it :(

Kelly said...

lovely photos! I've heard that Alcatraz is a fascinating place to visit!

Josie said...

It is strangely pretty, right? We took a tour years ago and I actually really liked it!
xo Josie
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Lissa Clair said...

maybe it's a little morbid or weird, but i have always wanted to see this place- your pictures are wonderful, as is your lovely blog. :)

Wild and Precious said...

oh i've never been over the the island -- so want to now!!

AWESOME photos my friend!

tywo said...

One of the places I want to visit. Then again, I want to visit everywhere :)




LOVE!

Diana Mieczan said...

Alcatraz is one of those places you have to see...Its on my must see list:) Thanks for this...:)
Kisses sweetie:)
Muah

Chelsea said...

alcatraz is scary!!!

great pics though!

junghwa by amy stewart said...

I've seen it several times but never been on the island. Had no idea there was any beauty like this there.

Hope Chella said...

I love the rooftop picture :)

Michelle said...

Oh wow, I've never been there but want to so bad!

Marcie said...

Jimmy and I are dying to go here. Your pictures are stunning! You always capture such great images, Rachel.

xo Marcie

Free Pretty Things For You said...

Rachel, you should SO be a
professional photographer!
all the pictures you take i could see in a magazine!
my husband and i want to go there SOO bad! cant wait!
have a wonderful Thursday my dear!
xoxo
Keren

Camilla said...

i love these photos :)

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