Upgrades at Alcatraz to be unveiled after $3 million project

Jul 1, 2015 11:45 AM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The National Park Service is pulling the tarps off upgrades at Alcatraz Island after $3 million in improvements to the guardhouse, library and schoolhouse and other historic features.

The park service on Wednesday is unveiling the results of more than a year of work.

The guardhouse, library and schoolhouse structures were stabilized, re-roofed, and re-painted.

In addition to these projects, the historic cannon port embrasure located in the east guard room has been restored to its original condition.

Historic features that have not been visible for decades, such as the building's original entrance sign, "Alcatraces 1857" have been fully exposed and can now be seen by all visitors passing through the gate.

The island was originally called "Isla de los Alcatraces" (Island of the Pelicans) because the rugged rock was home to many sea birds.

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