Travel Photo Thursday | Alcatraz prison

Travel Photo Thursday | Alcatraz prison

Today’s picture is of the Alcatraz prison….The Rock….. located close to San Francisco. I chose it for several reasons. I’m a big fan of the movie, “Escape from Alcatraz” and I’m excited about the new JJ Abrams show, “Alcatraz” that will be televised this fall.

One of the things that I was not aware of before my visit was that the island was occupied by American Indians or Native Americans who felt that the government should honor the Treaty of Fort Laramie (1868).

This treaty between the government and the Sioux tribe stated that all retired or abandoned federal lands would be returned to the Indian population, so five years after Alcatraz was declared so, a group of 79 native Americans declared that they were reclaiming the island and did so from 1969 until 1971.

Obviously, there was a welcoming committee too….judging from the photo. One interesting bit of trivia is that as a child, the actor Benjamin Bratt was one of the 79 that occupied the island.



Renee King
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  • Jan Ross
    Posted at 10:07h, 25 May Reply

    Huh. Did not know that about Benjamin Bratt. Interesting!! We really enjoyed our tour of Alcatraz, although I just about froze my butt off on the ferry ride over. Who knew SF was that cold in May?? The audio tour was one of the best we have ever experienced. Loved the headphones and setting your own pace through the prison. I highly recommend this tour.

  • Laurel
    Posted at 11:47h, 25 May Reply

    I’ve visited Alcatraz, but did not know this. Very interesting about Benjamin Bratt as well. I love comparing notes when different people visit the same place, as people see different things.

  • jade
    Posted at 13:36h, 25 May Reply

    I had no idea that J.J. was creating another show- this is awesome! I really enjoyed my visit to Alcatraz, even though it was so cold and windy. I would highly suggest bundling up even in the summer time for the boat ride over!

  • Debbie Beardsley
    Posted at 14:25h, 25 May Reply

    Wow, I knew about the history of “the rock” but had no clue Benjamin Bratt was one of the Indians trying to reclaim Alcatraz! Very interesting.

    So you all know, San Francisco is cold, IMO! Especially in the spring. The winds usually blow which makes it seem even worse. The best time to visit is September/October. I have lived in the San Francisco bay area for 24 years but in the warm East bay :)We go to SF when it is 100 here!

  • Patrice
    Posted at 09:17h, 03 June Reply

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  • Candice Michelle
    Posted at 05:16h, 27 June Reply

    Nice photos! Thanks for sharing this!

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