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A rocky island of northern California in San Francisco Bay. It was a military prison from 1859 to 1933 and a federal prison until 1963. It is now a tourist attraction. The island has long been known as "the Rock."


(Placename) an island in W California, in San Francisco Bay: a federal prison until 1963


(ˈæl kəˌtræz)

an island in San Francisco Bay: site of a U.S. penitentiary 1933–63.
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We also learned from him that the military prisoners had been released from Alcatraz Island because they could no longer be fed.
Lighthouse Society, the first step in saving the storied Alcatraz Island Lighthouse.
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To the south an early morning mist was forming over Twin Peaks, to the north Alcatraz Island was reflecting the shimmering surface of the bay waters and between the two, a glorious 180-degree view of San Francisco.
What she saw was an art sculpture, titled "Blossom," that was on display in the main hospital ward on Alcatraz island as part of the "@Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz" art exhibition.
The city's many attractions are famous world round - who hasn't heard of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Pier 39 or Fisherman's Wharf?
along with dramatic views of the historic Pier 43 Ferry Arch and Alcatraz Island.
I sat recently in the former prison library on Alcatraz Island.
While on holiday in California with his wife Liz, Peter decided to incorporate a four-day trip to San Francisco so that he could do the swim from the National Historic Landmark of Alcatraz Island to Fisherman's Wharf.
It is open to the public, and entrance to @Large is included in the regular Alcatraz Island tour ticket price, $30 for adults and $18.
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Gordon Scott, from Long Itchington, on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco