The Fascinating History of Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz has a many-layered history: Civil War fortress, military prison, federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement: These are just a few of the fascinating stories of the Rock. Alcatraz Island is a designated National Historic Landmark for its significant contribution to the nation's history.
The following links provide excellent sources for students working on an Alcatraz assignment as well as for those planning a visit and wanting to know more.
Learn how the National Park Service preserves and rehabilitates the island's buildings and structures for future generations.
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Last updated: September 4, 2019