Alcatraz gets a clean sweep from the Coast Guard
The Island of Alcatraz
Bay City News Service
February 25, 2006
Members of the U.S. Coast Guard volunteered Thursday for a little
spring cleaning of one of San Francisco's most famous landmarks.
Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary closed in 1963, but it has since
become a popular tourist destination with almost a million people
visiting every year.
On Thursday, 28 members of Coast Guard Sector San Francisco and
the Integrated Support Command at Coast Guard Island helped give
the attraction a much-needed clean sweep.
Along with National Park Service staff, volunteers swept, vacuumed,
dusted and changed the linens in over 75 prison cells.
According to the Coast Guard, volunteers accomplished significant
results. In return, the volunteers were treated to a special behind-the-scenes
tour of the island including the infamous "dungeon"
located under the main prison as well as the historic lighthouse.
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