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Author Wellman, Gregory L.

Title A history of Alcatraz Island 1853-2008 / Gregory L. Wellman.

Publication Info. Charleston, SC : Arcadia Pub., [2008]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - MPLG-6  976.461 WEL    AVAILABLE
 Moline PL Adult Non-Fiction - MPLG-6  976.461 WEL    AVAILABLE
Description 127 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, maps, plans, portraits ; 24 cm.
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Series Images of America.
Images of America.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 127).
Contents California gold, the U.S. Military, and a new purpose for Alcatraz Island -- Alcatraz evolves under the Federal Bureau of Prisons: 1933-1963 -- Life and times of the notorious: the prisoners of Alcatraz -- Watching over the island: wardens, guards, and personnel: 1934-1963 -- Wives, sons, and daughters of Alcatraz: 110 years of family life on Alcatraz -- Native American occupation, National Park, and American icon: 1963 to 2008.
Summary As one of America's most notorious prisons, Alcatraz has been a significant part of California's history for over 155 years. The small, lonely rock, known in sea charts by its Spanish name "Isla de los Alcatraces," or "Island of Pelicans," lay essentially dormant until the 1850s, when the military converted the island into a fortress to protect the booming San Francisco region. Alcatraz served as a pivotal military position until the early 20th century and in 1934 was converted into a federal penitentiary to house some of America's most incorrigible prisoners. The penitentiary closed in 1963, and Alcatraz joined the National Park Service system in 1972. Since then, it has remained a popular attraction as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Subject United States. Bureau of Prisons -- History.
Islands -- California -- History -- Pictorial works.
Community life -- California -- Alcatraz Island -- Pictorial works.
Families -- California -- Alcatraz Island -- Pictorial works.
Inmates of institutions -- California -- Alcatraz Island -- Pictorial works.
Alcatraz Island (Calif.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Calif.) -- Pictorial works.
San Francisco Bay Area (Calif.) -- History -- Pictorial works.
California -- History.
Genre/Form Local histories -- California -- San Francisco Bay Area.
ISBN 9780738558158 (paperback) $19.99
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