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.
Max Ashton had one goal before heading off to college: swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
The National Park Service has restored graffiti on Alcatraz that was painted during the island’s occupation by Native Americans in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
About 26 well-trained swimmers braved the cool waters of San Francisco Bay Saturday morning for a wintertime swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park.
Several hundred people, including dozens of Native Americans, attended a special sunrise gathering on Alcatraz Island Thanksgiving Day morning to commemorate the occupation of the island 41 years ago.
Alcatraz has long been an iconic landmark in the Bay Area. And on this edition of Eye on the Bay, it serves as a dramatic backdrop for an inspirational swim.