This was where the prisoners began life on Alcatraz. After showering the inmates collected their prison issue clothing. Once dressed in their 'Alcatraz blues' the convicts were marched to the cells on the floor above.
There are four free standing cell blocks. The complex was built by military prisoners in 1911 and could hold 390 prisoners. Alcatraz was never filled to capacity with the average number of inmates held here being 260.
Kitchen and mess roomn
The laundry - Al Capone's place of work.
On returning to the mainland we walked to Chinatown to explore that area.
Grant Street is a very long street in the heart of Chinatown and is full of interesting architecture.
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