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Hidden fortress found under Alcatraz

Hidden Fortress Found Beneath Alcatraz

Researchers at Texas A&M University uncovered some hidden history beneath America's most notorious prison.

The BBC reports scientists have found evidence of a military fortress that was previously thought to have been destroyed. The structures can be traced back to 19th century around the time when gold was discovered in California.

An architect for the Nation Park Service told the BBC, "San Francisco became a very important port for the country and for the west coast, and so protecting it really was the point of building the fortress of Alcatraz."

Not even 20 years later, the American Civil War broke out and Alcatraz was turned into a military installation. This image shows the old structures in red.

But the fortress saw little to no action so it was turned into a prison and destroyed around 1915.

Architects and others involved in the find are still studying the area with radar technology to find out if excavations are necessary.

Alcatraz might have a whole new attraction for tourists to visit.

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beach88aopi February 27 2014 at 4:20 PM

This is not news. I have been underground in parts of the old fortress, that lie under the actual prison, twice. It would only figure that other parts remain but just got filled in.

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BOB February 27 2014 at 1:22 PM

That's where the escapees are still hiding ;-0

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Troy February 27 2014 at 12:59 PM

neat find. cant wait to see what they dig up further. yahoo keep us posted.

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msgoe February 27 2014 at 12:54 PM

the really interesting part to me is that it was the BBC reporting the story and Texas A&M researchers making the "discovery" .... don't even know where to start on that one ...

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Larry February 27 2014 at 12:53 PM

The television series "Alcatraz" storyline often detailed the hidden fortress and the gold underneath the prison. This was, what, 3 years ago. Granted, the show was fiction, but, there must have been rumors, at the very least, that something was down there. It is too similar to the apparent truth to have just been made up.

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gregz123 February 27 2014 at 12:35 PM

i'm glad you just copy and pasted what the girl in the video said, no need to watch that video AND read the article. Just do one or the other instead of wasting my time.

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Steve February 27 2014 at 12:32 PM

This is old news. They tell you on the tour there is not one old fort but many add ons and stages the military fort went through. Some of these hyped up "News Flashes" on AOL are so stupid as well as just plain inaccurate.

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joelp77440 February 27 2014 at 12:32 PM

This is news? This "new" information was a plot point(remember the bucket scene) in the 1996 movie "The Rock."

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TnJranch February 27 2014 at 12:31 PM

I agree, no more commericals!

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jimedingtonjr February 27 2014 at 12:30 PM

I hate all the commercials. Let's go Commercial Free!

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