Two symbols of SF : the Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz island
The Golden Gate bridge project was launched at the beginning of the XXth century. At that time, San Francisco had a thriving economy.
This structure still remains a technical feat due to its ingenuity and all the natural challenges faced up as strong wind and current, seismic zone and thick smog.
This island, located in the bay of San Francisco, had many functions, used, at first, as a nesh island for pelicans, then as a fortress and a military prison. However, we all know it under its high security federal prison function, a little bit less for its american indian housing use. Today, Alcatraz island is a highlight of the touristic tour in San Francisco.
In 1934, the federal government decided to make of Alcatraz island a model of prison establishement. Its location and the natural conditions surrounding made the island very isolated.
A prisoner said one day : »
Running costs increased a lot, ending with the prison closing in 1963.
Nowadays, tourists have a wonderful panoramic view on San Francisco from the Alcatraz prison.