First and foremost, if you want to visit Alcatraz while you are in San Francisco, you must book ahead of time. MUST. The chances of you getting a ticket the day of or even within the week are not high. As I was standing in line with my ticket to board the boat, they were selling the next available tickets 11 days from this day. Book Early!
Alcatraz up close and personal. There were 336 cells between B & C blocks and each cell was 5 feet by 9 feet, had cold running water, a bed, and a toliet. In addition there were 36 segregation cells and 6 isolation cells in D block. These cells were larger but less popular because you were only allowed to leave your cell once a week and even that was done in complete isolation.
As you climb up to the prisoner area on Alcatraz. Once you go inside, you pick up a headset in your language and begin the tour. It’s really nice because you don’t have to walk around with a group, you can go at your own pace and walk wherever you want while you listen to the headset tell you about Alcatraz and the prisoner’s there.
Walking between blocks inside the prison area. There are many facts during the tour about these areas.
That’s all the natural light you had entering the prison area, makes you want to get a little stir crazy.
On one of the walls there was a tiny window dirty and hard to see from. One of the few windows that showed views of San Francisco Bay. So you could know what you were missing out on. Civilization. Life.
At the bottom of this cliff face down beneath the cell blocks is where the prisoners on C & B black were allowed out into the courtyard a couple of times a week. Imagine being trapped on this island close enough to civilization that you could hear people living, yet still be so far away.. An interesting dilema.
After I finished touring the cell blocks, I headed out to walk around the rest of the island. It was a good way to spend the early afternoon. After watching the video in a building right near the docks, I got in line to get back underway and head toward the mainland.
I can highly recommend a tour of Alcatraz if you have the time and want to learn some history. There may have been escapees and even a stand taken from the prisoners. I’ll let you head to Alcatraz to see how that ended up playing out. Unfortunately nothing like “The Rock.”
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