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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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jackson1scott March 01 2014 at 6:06 PM

Looks like them boys from Texas had to come find what ya'll could not!

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davwal7 February 28 2014 at 12:10 PM

Well, here's some news just for the Texan Researchers who have just made that "informative" announcement: Oil has been discovered in Texas!
Can you believe it?

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pm0501 February 28 2014 at 3:39 AM

When I took the "deluxe" tour in 2001, we were told that the remains of the fort in this story were buried under the rubble and it was pointed out to us. The Indians who occupied the island in the island in late 1969-1971 picked through some of the fort's remains and where they dug was covered with backfill before filming of the movie "The Enforcer" began in 1976. I believe the prison in it's current state was opened to the public for tours in the early 1980's.

It has been rumored that several former inmates have toured the prison unannounced with regular tourists but the NPS does not support this and considers it urban legend.

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goodguy42l February 28 2014 at 3:20 AM

This is nothing new. The civil war era fortress has been pretty common knowledge for a long long time. It has been mentioned several times in the media and it played a part in the movie "The Rock" Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage discuss and use parts of the tunnel and lower levels of the fortress to break into and out of Alcatraz to disable missles armed with biological agents that are being used to blackmail the government. If I am not mistaken, the fortress is ev en mentioned on the tours that took place through Alcatraz.

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fazev764 February 28 2014 at 2:20 AM

This is not really news to people from the west coast. If you watch Discover, the History or even the Travel channels you can find programs that dealt with the history of the place. I've even seen parts of Alcatraz that are not normally seen on tours when The Ghost Adventures crew did a lock up hunting for Paranormal activity there! You can find parts of the original Fort structure all over because the fort was integrated into the prison. There are old water cisterns that were stilled used, cells that were used as isolation cells from the time he Fort was built up to an including its time ad the famous prison. So this report is not anything new. To bad the Park Services doesn't make a new documentary to be shown!

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cenvalref February 28 2014 at 2:00 AM

Took some Texas researchers to discover this history

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HI BEAUTIFUL February 28 2014 at 1:56 AM

This is news????? Everybody already knows that if they ever visited the site.

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matchmakerabe February 28 2014 at 12:42 AM

Alcatraz has always been there and is relatively new as compared to most fortresses. All of a sudden this big discovery on this little island? Hard to buy it !

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Hello Sylvia February 28 2014 at 12:27 AM

Wow ; never knew that ... News to me !

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chuck February 28 2014 at 12:22 AM

this is not new. it's been reported on many times. so now you want to make OLD news new news, dont you news jerks have important stuff to report on?

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KEN February 28 2014 at 2:34 AM

I gues they had nothing new to report about Justin Bieber today.

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