Alcatraz tour, July '97

We took a boat tour to Alcatraz Island. The prison and the island have suffered a bit of neglect over the years before being turned into a tourist attraction but it is still impressive and of great interest. There was a good book store inside one of the main buildings and a book promotion while we were there. Jim Quillen, an ex-inmate of Alcatraz was signing copies of his book 'Alcatraz from the inside.' There were museum displays of prison memorabilia and an audio tour of the cell area, relating stories of famous inmates and breakouts.

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