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Alcatraz has long halls of stacked cells like this prison in Green Haven, New York, brand new in 1941

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The First Prisoners Arrived at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary
August 11, 1934

Before it was a prison, Alcatraz was an uninhabited seabird haven founded by explorer Juan Manuel de Ayala who named it Isla de los Alcatraces (Isle of the Pelicans). The United States acquired it in 1854. Only 36 convicts ever attempted to escape from Alcatraz, but in 1962 three inmates did escape the island and were never found. To this day no one knows if they survived and made it to the mainland or died in the icy cold water of the bay.
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