Ironically, 1.3 million tourists escape TO Alcatraz Island every year.
The historical buildings and grounds of the former federal penitentiary (1934-1963) hold much of the site’s allure.
In an area between the mess hall and cell blocks known as Times Square, an original clock still marks the hours and minutes as they pass.
Sketches and paintings by a prisoner who transformed his stark cell into an artist’s retreat.
For many inmates, part of their punishment was the nearby sight and sounds of San Francisco, especially music–audible from the mere 1.5 miles off shore.
Treacherous currents and icy temps in the surrounding bay made successful escape from “The Rock” unlikely.
Access to a sail boat could have tipped the odds for freedom in a prisoner’s favor.
–Photos courtesy of William Lesko.
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