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Alcatraz is located in the San Francisco Bay, offshore from downtown.
The small island was developed with a lighthouse, a military fortification + jail and became a federal prison from 1934 until 1963 - housing famous criminals such as Al Capone + Machine Gun Kelly!
On January 17, 1986, 32 years ago, this iconic penitentiary became a National Historic Landmark so that future travelers can continue to learn about its unique history!
*BONUS*: The friendly welcome committee, the Pier 39 Sea Lions!