The flashy fiction of Hollywood has driven the reputation of Alcatraz and the men incarcerated there more than the historical record surrounding the story of this remarkable island. Home to infamous prisoners the likes of "Scar Face" Capone and the Birdman of Alcatraz, this twenty-two acres of jagged rock in the San Francisco Bay also has a long fascinating history as far back as the Gold Rush as a fort and military prison.
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