Alcatraz has now been a tourist attraction for far longer than it was a federal prison – 42 years versus 29. And the word means “pelican.”
I picked up these nuggets while visiting the San Francisco island in mid-November – my first trip, after 54 years as a Californian. Here’s the video, less than two minutes, which features those and several other facts that surprised me.
I never came before because I figured I knew the story already. Bird Man. Al Capone. No known escapes. Yadda yadda yadda. And the round trip by ferry from Pier 33 does cost $31-$38 for adults ($19.25-$37 for kids aged 5-17).
But it is a fascinating place. The history and...