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Alcatraz Island

former maximum-security prison in San Francisco

Above: Alcatraz, former federal prison at San Francisco viewed from Fisherman's Wharf

Generally known as Alcatraz, this island is 1.5 miles (2.4 Km) offshore from San Francisco. Once a maximum-security federal prison housing notorious criminals the likes of gangsters Al Capone and "Machine Gun Kelly", it's now a historic and recreational site.

5,000 people visit it daily, probably a few more than when it was a prison.

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