Everydayer: The (Un)Natural History of Alcatraz

San Francisco's Alcatraz Island may conjure up images of notorious criminals and prison escapes into shark-infested waters, but the California island comes packed with colorful tales that stretch far beyond its 29-year stint as a federal penitentiary.

Take the 10 to 15 minute ferry tour operated by Alcatraz Cruises from San Francisco's Pier 33 to discover the island's history, first as a Civil War citadel, and how the island has evolved since the prison's closure in 1963.

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