The open expanse of pavement the trio land on is
the old Parade Field.
It is located located beside an oval-shaped area full of rubble, ruins
from the apartment buldings
guards lived with their families.
Note the burned-out Warden's House on the edge of the cliff plus the water
tower and powerplant smokestack on the other side of the
Here's the island seen from the opposite end.
Part of Alcatraz'
intimidating atmosphere stems from the decayed state of
This end of the island features the easiest access to the water (i.e. the
shortest drop-offs) and was used by the Anglin brothers in what may
have been the only successful excape attempt from Alcatraz (their bodies
were never found).
This corridor between two primary rows of cells (B-block on your
right, C-block on your left) is called Broadway.
Because a clock is located over the
to the dining hall, that section of the cross-corridor is called Time
This photo was taken half way down the corridor standing in a
cross-corridor or 'cut-off'; if you turned around,
you'd be facing identical rows of cells just on the other side of the
These isolation cells are back to back with the row of C-block cells seen
in the picture above except for a narrow utility hallway between
the two rows of cells containing the
pipes and wiring for each cell. The isolation corridor, or 'block,' faces
small windows overlooking San Franciso. See the sunlight shining on the
bars and walls? Prisoners suffered from freezing
breezes coming through these windows... and of course, from the view of a
beautiful city only a mile and a half away, a constant reminder of what
they were missing.
Note the cells with doors
instead of bars. These are the 'holes.' Prisoners in these cells
received very little light.
All photos by Andrea Pistolesi from the Bonechi photo book ALCATRAZ with
text by Richard Dunbar.