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    Alcatraz Island, formerly a federal prison and now a tourist attraction, has a haunted look in the fog.
  • Alcatraz Anniversary
    In this March 21, 1963 file photo the last prisoners depart from Alcatraz Island federal prison in San Francisco. The National Park Service on Thursday celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz Island's closure as a federal penitentiary with an exhibit of newly discovered photos of the prison's final hours. The new display opened five decades after the last shacked prisoners were taken off the infamous prison in San Francisco Bay that once held the likes of gangsters Al Capone and Mickey Cohen.
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    When Chuck Stucker was an infant, his family first moved onto Alcatraz Island. Here, his mother Charlene Stucker, was captured in a photograph of her little boy, who appears ready to be blasted out of one of the island's smooth-bore 15 inch Rodman canons.
    Alcatraz Alumni Association
  • CREDIT: Alcatraz Alumni Association
    Four boys back in the 1940s or 1950s straddled one of the old Rodman canons on Alcatraz Island.
    Alcatraz Alumni Association
    A photo provided by the FBI shows Clarence Anglin, then 28, who was one of three men who escaped the federal prison on Alcatraz Island in 1962.
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    A photo provided by the National Park Service shows a federal officer inside the cell of Frank Morris, another escapee and its reputed mastermind. The hole in the wall facilitated the bold – and elaborate – escape plan.
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    Looming over visitors walking about the former penitentiary's parade ground are the lighthouse, this concrete version dating from 1909 and whose light continues to be operated by the U.S. Coast Guard; and the warden's house, gutted by fire in 1970.
    Reed Parsell
    The remains of the warden's residence on Alcatraz Island.
    Fred Seelig | AP
    The space shuttle Endeavour makes a pass over Alcatraz during its tour over the Bay Area on Friday, September 21, 2012 in San Francisco, California.
    Anda Chu | MCT
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