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Alcatraz

Alcatraz Island (Photo credit by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Alcatraz Closed Due To High Winds, Choppy Waters

High winds and choppy Bay waters have prompted a rare closure of Alcatraz Island to visitors Wednesday, a National Park Service spokeswoman said.

03/12/2014

A view of the former warden's house at Alcatraz Island on March 21, 2013 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Alcatraz Reopens To Tourists Following End Of Gov’t Shutdown

Hundreds of tourists stepped foot on Alcatraz Island for the first time in more than two weeks after the federal government reopened national parks closed by the shutdown.

10/17/2013

Yosemite National Park spans part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.  (Photo by David McNeil /Newsmakers)

Bay Area National Park Sites, Yosemite Reopen After Shutdown Lifted

For the first time in more than two weeks, Bay Area residents and tourists will be able to return to Alcatraz, Muir Woods and parts of the Golden Gate Park Recreation area that were closed due to the federal government shutdown.

10/17/2013

A flag flies on a ferry as it approaches Alcatraz Island on March 21, 2013 in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Effects Of Government Shutdown Felt Across Bay Area

From the federal building in San Jose to Alcatraz Island, there were obvious signs of the government shutdown’s impact on Bay Area workers, services, and out-of-towners.

10/01/2013

National Park Service Sells Pieces Of Alcatraz Prison

Alcatraz, Other Bay Area National Parks To Close If Government Shuts Down

With Congress in a stalemate over the budget, a federal government shutdown could begin Monday night that would close national parks, including popular tourist attractions in the Bay Area such as Alcatraz Island and Muir Woods, a parks spokeswoman said.

09/30/2013

Alcatraz Island (Photo credit by GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

3 Blind Swimmers Complete Trek From Alcatraz To Aquatic Park In SF Bay

Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.

09/30/2013

Whitey Bulger, seen here with his girlfriend, as they visited Alcatraz while being on the run from federal authorities.(CBS/WBZ)

Bulger’s New Prison Will Be No Match For Time On Alcatraz

James “Whitey” Bulger is headed back to prison following his conviction on a series of crimes, including 11 killings. The former Boston mob boss won’t get his wish to live out his final days in the prison with “the best view from any prison in the world.”

08/12/2013

Whitey Bulger, seen here with his girlfriend, as they visited Alcatraz while being on the run from federal authorities.(CBS/WBZ)

Jailhouse Letters Reveal Whitey Bulger Left Heart In SF After Alcatraz Stay

Whitey Bulger, the alleged crime boss who is now on trial in Boston for 19 grisly murders, was once an inmate at Alcatraz, and he took time recently to share his memories of life on “The Rock.”

07/29/2013

This 18 August 2005 file photo shows an aerial view of Alcatraz Island, in San Francisco Bay of California. Once a sinister home to notorious mobsters and murderers, Alcatraz is in line for an environmental makeover that could see the imposing former prison island become a tree-hugger's paradise. The US Parks Service is studying plans to make Alcatraz self-sufficient in an attempt to lessen the impact on the environment and provide an example to the rest of the US. By 2014, authorities expect to have installed a waste reprocessing plant as well as a de-salination plant to provide drinking water. AFP PHOTO/Helene Labriet-Gross/FILES (Photo credit should read HELENE LABRIET-GROSS/AFP/Getty Images)

Pair On Night Swim To Alcatraz Prompts Coast Guard Search

Two men who went on a night swim to Alcatraz Island prompted a three-hour search and rescue effort in the Bay on Thursday, a U.S. Coast Guard official said.

07/19/2013

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Parks Service Commemorates 50th Anniversary Of Alcatraz Prison Closing

To commemorate 50 years since the closure of the Alcatraz federal prison, a San Francisco photojournalist spoke Thursday morning about his experience capturing scenes from the final day at “the Rock.”

03/21/2013

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