Learn about Alcatraz with Apple apps

By Marlon Votta - Sep 1, 2011

Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) offshore from San Francisco, California, U.S. Often referred to as “The Rock”, the small island was developed with facilities for a lighthouse, a military fortification, a military prison, and a federal prison until 1963. Later, in 1972, Alcatraz became a national recreation area and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

Today, the National Park Service as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area operates the island’s facilities; it is open to tours. Visitors can reach the island by ferry ride from Pier 33. The United States Department of Justice acquired the United States Disciplinary Barracks on Alcatraz on October 12, 1933, and the island became a federal prison in August 1934. During the 29 years it was in use, the jail held such notable criminals as Al Capone, Robert Franklin Stroud (the Birdman of Alcatraz) and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. During its 29 years of operation, the penitentiary claimed no prisoner had successfully escaped.

The first Spaniard to document the island was Juan Manuel de Ayala in 1775, who charted San Francisco Bay and named the island “La Isla de los Alcatraces,” which translates as “The Island of the Pelicans,” from the archaic Spanish alcatraz, “pelican”. In modern Spanish, it stands for gannet. Alcatraz has been featured in many movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, comics, and games. Therefore, we thought we would let you in on a few apps available on Apple devices.

Alcatraz by Geoki is a free application compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. This easy to use app shows the user daily life inside Alcatraz prison and how bad was it for America’s worst criminals. Even though they say, no one ever escaped once you have read this you might question this theory. View movie trailers and other videos featuring Alcatraz along with a complete map and audio tour containing photographs. For more on this head over to the App Store.

Alcatraz Travel by Glob Design is designed specifically for the iPad. Look through 98 black and white photos of the former U.S. federal prison, Alcatraz. Get valuable information with descriptions, GPS maps and historic facts. This application is available at the App Store for £0.69/$0.99.

Capone Behind Bars at Alcatraz by Bad Guys Press is £1.49/$1.99 on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. With this app, users will be able to get an insight into the world of Al Capone by Mark Douglas Brown, author of Capone: Life Behind Bars at Alcatraz. There are details of this notorious villain and his stay at Alcatraz during 1920s and ‘30s. While serving his time in Alcatraz, Capone, a master manipulator, had continued running his rackets from behind bars by buying off guards. He generated incredible media attention while on Alcatraz though he served just four and a half years of his sentence there before developing symptoms of tertiary syphilis and being transferred to the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in Los Angeles. This application available at the App Store lets you in on some incredible information with authentic files from Alcatraz.

Prisons correctional Alcatraz by ImagineThis is an iPad application accessible for £0.69/$0.99 at the App Store. Find out about information Alcatraz Island and prisons in the United States with this great encyclopedia. There is a thorough study of the island of Alcatraz and all the developments since his operation, attempted escapes, occupation and recent years. This is the ideal app for university, college, or just for interesting knowledge.

Learn about the stories involving one of the most famous prisons ever with Apple applications. I remember watching the great 1979 film Escape from Alcatraz starring Clint Eastwood as Frank Morris and wondered if it really was a true story. Do you think anyone has ever escaped from Alcatraz? This was probably the ideal place to lock up dangerous people in those days.

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