Best known for its time as a federal prison, from 1934 until 1963, Alcatraz Island was initially home to a military garrison, and subsequently military prison. It’s a major attraction, with tours setting out (by boat) from Fisherman’s Wharf. The island itself it operated by the National Park Service.

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