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As one of America's most notorious prisons, Alcatraz has been a significant part of California's history for over 155 years. The small, lonely rock, known by its Spanish name Isla de los Alcatraces, or Island of Pelicans, lay essentially dormant until the 1850s, when the military converted the island into a fortress. Alcatraz served as a pivotal military position until the early 20th century and in 1934 was converted into a federal penitentiary to house some of America's most incorrigibleprisoners. The penitentiary closed in 1963, and Alcatraz joined the National Park Service system in 1972. Since then, it has remained a popular attraction as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
One of America's most notorious prisons from 1934 to 1963, Alcatraz has been a significant part of California history for over 155 years. Originally know as Isla de los Alcatraces, or Island of Pelicans, Alcatraz has also been a pivotal military installation and popular tourist attraction.
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In this collection of vintage-photograph postcards, Gregory L. Wellman explores the island's past.