Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Ryan and I will be heading up to San Francisco this weekend with two other couples. Ryan has made it a point (more than a couple times) that he wants to go to Alcatraz. I booked our tickets for the Alcatraz tour tonight. We will be heading to The Rock on Saturday for the 9:30am tour. I am sure I will have pictures (if I am allowed :) ) and stories, but am quite excited to see it already.

Most people know that Alcatraz was once a world-famous federal penitentiary, but the island’s history before and after the penitentiary era is less well known. For example, few realize that it was also the site of the first American lighthouse on the West Coast and that the island served as a huge harbor defense fort during the Civil War. After the fort became obsolete, the U.S. Army turned the island into a grim military prison. Following the closing of the penitentiary, Alcatraz became the site of a American Indian protest movement that would change modern American history.

More about Alcatraz here.

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