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Alcatraz - The World's Most Haunted Prison?

Updated on September 20, 2013

The Hauntings of Alcatraz

Located in San Francisco Bay with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, you'll find perhaps the most famous prison in the world. Alcatraz, nicknamed "The Rock", was originally known as "La Isla de los Alcatraces" or "The Island of the Pelicans" because of its appearance as a barren white rock. The white was caused by pelican droppings, hence the name. It served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963, when it became a national recreation area. Today it is maintained by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and nearly a million visitors per year stop by to check the place out.For years there have been reports of mysterious happenings on Alcatraz Island. These reports come from visitors, former guards, former prisoners, and national park service employees. From the original lighthouse reappearing on occasion to clanging, screaming, and sobbing, there are too many tales to put into this short article. It would definitely take a book to tell them all.

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The Hauntings of Alcatraz

Located in San Francisco Bay with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco, you'll find perhaps the most famous prison in the world. Alcatraz, nicknamed "The Rock", was originally known as "La Isla de los Alcatraces" or "The Island of the Pelicans" because of its appearance as a barren white rock. The white was caused by pelican droppings, hence the name. It served as a lighthouse, then a military fortification, then a military prison followed by a federal prison until 1963, when it became a national recreation area. Today it is maintained by the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and nearly a million visitors per year stop by to check the place out.

The island, believed to be an evil place by Native Americans, has seen centuries of death from accidents, murders, and suicides. With this dark history, it's no wonder Alcatraz is said to be one of the most haunted places in the nation. If ghosts return to haunt the places where they suffered traumatic experiences when they were alive, then Alcatraz must be bursting at the seams with spirits.

For years there have been reports of mysterious happenings on Alcatraz Island. These reports come from visitors, former guards, former prisoners, and national park service employees. From the original lighthouse reappearing on occasion to clanging, screaming, and sobbing, there are too many tales to put into this short article. It would definitely take a book to tell them all. Some of the strange occurences are recounted in the following paragraphs.

The Lighthouse - There have been several reports that on foggy nights the old lighthouse, built in 1854 and torn down after it was damaged in the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, will suddenly appear, accompanied by an eerie whistling sound and a flashing green light that makes its way slowly around the island and then vanishes as suddenly as it appears.

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      Zut Moon 5 years ago

      Interesting

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      WhiteOak50 6 years ago

      After finally catching up with the Angel School Bus, I am fluttering around Haunting-ville to drop off some Blessings. Just wanted you to know I am here because your page caught my attention. Leaving you with a *Blessing* for doing such a great job on this page.

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      MsSanFran 6 years ago

      I still wonder to this day if anybody made it out of there alive. They say no but who really knows for sure? The views are incredible looking back at San Francisco. I need to take the night tour sometime!

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      williammason 6 years ago

      I wonder if the nationwide prison inmate records database still holds information records on inmates incarcerated within the Alcatraz prison

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      writercb1 6 years ago from United States

      @anonymous: haha, oh yeah!! See if it's *really* haunted!! Of course, if no ferry is running then are stuck on the island with the ghosts!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I really enjoyed your lens! Lots of energy at that jail. Our home is haunted. We think it is built on Indian ground because it is like a conduit. I wrote about it on my squidoo lens too. Maybe we could connect our lenses? Our Home Is Haunted CLICK HERE TO SEE IT

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      crystalbeds 7 years ago

      I would love to visit Alcatraz one day. Haunted landmarks fascinate me.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      It would be great fun to stay here overnight.

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      williammason 7 years ago

      There's nothing haunting about this prison. It's just for publicity and tourist attraction. The only thing haunting about prison and jail in general is not knowing how to survive the latest recent riots!

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      I had the opportunity to visit Alcatraz, but in the daytime. It will not surprise me if there are hauntings going on here.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      Soooo cool! Love ghost stuff! Great job!

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      pavlovswriter lm 7 years ago

      great lens! there are a lot of spooky prisons in the US, Canada, Mexico and Australia - you can do a free inmate search or prison search at www.JailGuide.com to find most of them - kudos!

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      GhostMan LM 9 years ago

      Nice lens. Great stuff

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      amandadwns 9 years ago

      ever since watching prison break ive always wanted to visit a prison haha. alcatraz looks like its the best one to visit.

      http://streamprisonbreak.com