ALCATRAZ, THE ROCK

“You are entitled to food, clothing, shelter, and medical attention. Anything else you get is a privilege.” (Number 5, Alcatraz Prison Rules and Regulations, 1934). This rule was one of the realities of life inside the walls of the U.S. Federal Penitentiary, Alcatraz Island. The subject of many movies and books, Alcatraz has become a symbol of America’s dark side. This island, in the heart of San Francisco Bay, is just a mile and a quarter from the sights and sounds of one of the worlds most beautiful cities and has been used for a fort, a lighthouse and a prison. Today it is one of the National Parks at the Golden Gate. We boarded one of the many Blue & Gold Fleet tour boats for a memorable tour of this historical island.