I’ve grown up seeing the Golden Gate Bridge on T.V. and have even personally gone to San Francisco to take pictures of it in the background. Though it is a very famous tourist attraction, it is also plays a big role in San Francisco’s heritage. For this specific topic, I decided to base my research on Alcatraz Island, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Alcatraz can be detected back to the 1850s, in which it was used by the military for then President Millard Fillmore. Alcatraz was taken along with the rest of California form the Republic of Mexico in the late 1840s. During the construction, the army creates steep walls around the island so they could place cannons on all sides. Alcatraz is famous for being a federal prison; however, even before the civil war, the island held soldiers who had committed crimes. The island was occupied but Confederate soldiers, those suspected to support the Union where imprisoned. Aside from it being a prison, Alcatraz was also used as a training ground for the soldiers. After the war, many who celebrated the death of Lincoln were imprisoned on the island. Later in this island became a super-prison, containing people who committed vicious crimes.
There is a section on the website for the National Recreation Area as a whole that focuses on supporting the park. Focusing on Alcatraz, the website offers many ways to protect the national park it is part of. Some ways of doing this was becoming a member of the Parks Conservancy and purchasing Alcatraz items form the Parks Conservancy online store. This makes sense because, as we discussed in class, tourism is a great part of the management’s finance. This helps conserve the cultural and natural resources of not only Alcatraz but the National Recreation Area as a whole. Since the island is more of a visiting center, the negative effects of on the local people is not really relevant. However, donating and assisting the park preserves the culture that this city is known for, which does concern its people.