The Fascinating History of Alcatraz Island
To those that only know the Hollywood version, the rich history of Alcatraz is surprising. Civil War fortress, infamous federal prison, bird sanctuary, first lighthouse on the West Coast, and the birthplace of the American Indian Red Power movement 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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We also also compiled a lengthy list of internet links that provide you with additional Alcatraz information from various other sources.
Last updated: February 28, 2017