Profile for Alcatraz Island, California, CA
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Bay, CA
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Site of the infamous federal prison; now maintained by the National Park Service
Alcatraz Island is in San Francisco County, in the San Francisco-Oakland metro area.
The community name derives from Spanish for "pelican"
The latitude of Alcatraz Island is 37.826N. The longitude is -122.422W.
It is in the Pacific Standard time zone.
Alcatraz Island is in San Francisco Bay
Penitentiary established in 1934 as a special prison for kidnappers, racketeers and predators
Home to Al Capone, George "Machine Gun" Kelly and Robert Franklin Stroud, better known as the "Birdman of Alcatraz"
Alcatraz Island received national attention for Indian occupation of the island, which began in November 1969 and lasted 19 months. Federal agents swarmed the island in 1971 and removed five women, four children, and six unarmed Indian men. By then, the occupation had become an important emblem in the Native
American civil rights movement
Filming location for:
· 1996 movie, "The Rock"
· 1962 movie, "Birdman of Alcatraz"
· 1980 movie, "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back"
Setting for Setting for "Escape from Alcatraz"
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San Francisco County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Alcatraz Island political report.
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