Alcatraz marks 50th anniversary

Associated Press
In this photo taken Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, a sailboat makes its way past Alcatraz Island in San Francisco. San Francisco has a long history as a favorite site for filmmakers and the movie buffs who want to see the spots where their favorite scenes took place, from Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge where Jimmy Stewart saved Kim Novak in "Vertigo" to the steps of City Hall, where Sean Penn gave an impassioned speech in "Milk," to Alcatraz, stage for Clint Eastwood and many others. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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The National Park Service celebrated the 50th anniversary of Alcatraz Island's closure as a federal penitentiary on March 21 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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