Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What is Jail Island, Alcatraz? -3

Travel time in Alcatraz Island Ferry to Alcatraz is incredibly short. It does not take more than 15 minutes to reach the island. Even there is no enough time to enjoy views of San Francisco city area or Golden Gate Bridge, despite the fact that there are great view over them, since location of this island is in the best location to view over San Francisco city, Marine County, and East Bay.

We can freely visit Alcatraz now since the jail was closed and it is now a part of Golden Gate National Park. For the criminals sent to Alcatraz, it meant "Death Sentence" for them. In the Ferry Boarding Area, just next to Al Capone picture, a picture of wall graffiti of unknown prisoner says "You will sent to jail if you break the law. If you break a rule in jail, you will be sent to Alcatraz". Do you feel hearing a prisoner sobbing in his jail cell? When I posted an article in Japanese, my blog friend commented. "It is great to take a look into infamous jail island without committing a crime". I replied back to him. "Simple crime is not enough to be sent to Alcatraz. You need to commit a crime of Al Capone level to be sent there."

As mentioned above, it is a part of Golden Gate National Park, so the rule of thumb is "Don't carry in anything, don't carry out anything, other than you throw away garbage and you buy souvenirs." As soon as arriving at the front gate of the jail, you will be given 10 minutes explanation about the history of Alcatraz and visiting rules.

Are you ready for walking into the jail chamber?

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Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble said...

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Shaw said...

Hello Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble,

Thank you for coming. Thank you for your comment. I hope you can keep coming back.

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Giovanna Garcia said...

Hi Shaw,
I learned a little more about Jail Island, thanks for the information.
Giovanna Garcia
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Shaw said...

Hi Giovanna,

It is interesting to learn the history of area we live. Especially this island contains so dark history itself in the California sun.

Thank you for your comment.
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Marketing Unscrambled, learn to earn 14 said...

Shaw, thank you for telling about Alcatraz. Being an officer in this jail was not much better than that of the inmates.My husband has done this kind of work for the past 27 years. Being an officer in a prison is not an easy job. I feel for those that were there. The ones that got into trouble and the officers that watched over them. Thank you for all that you have shared with us.
Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. thanks for this information .. do they not do tours around the island - so one can have longer seeing the sights?

I expect you'll show us tomorrow that the prisoners couldn't see the city or land ..

It's incredible to think that people tried to escape ..

Thanks for showing us round ..
Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Dan and Deanna,

I plan to talk about wardens and officers of Alcatraz. They were living in the island. I believe the work and environment are hard.

Thank you for your comment.
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Shaw said...

Dear Hilary,

There is guided tour. After the tour half an hour, you can spend your time until the last ferry leaves the island. I will talk about unique environment of the jail island in the later part.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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