San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Getting together on Alcatraz
When Alcatraz became a federal penitentiary, this building was dubbed the "Officer's Club." Soon known by island residents as the "Social Hall," it was used by prison staff and their families for parties, dances, and other sorts of recreation. They performed skits and watched movies, bowled, played pool, and visited at the soda fountain. For three decades, until the penitentiary closed in 1963, this was the center of the island's social scene.
Earlier, between 1910 and 1933, while Alcatraz was a military prison, army families stationed on the island came here to the Post Exchange—the island's general store, cafeteria, barbershop, and post office.
"The main event for older teenagers at this time of the year...was the Christmas formal dance. The girls would dress up in evening gowns and the boys would wear tuxedos. Just like any other formal dance, the boy would pick up the girl at her house and bring her a corsage."
Donald J. Hurley, Alcatraz resident, Alcatraz Island Memories
Erected by Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Topics. This historical marker Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
Location. 37° 49.664′ N, 122° 25.399′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. This marker is on Alcatraz Island, north of the guardhouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Not Just a Water Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); The Morgue (within shouting distance of this marker); Quartermaster Warehouse and Power Plant (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lower Military Prison (about 300 feet away); First Escape Attempt (about 400 feet away); Alcatraz Lighthouse (about 600 feet away); Indian Occupation 1969-1971 (about 600 feet away); Persian Carpet (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . . Social Hall (Alcatraz). Wikipedia article (Submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 8, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. 7, 8. submitted on August 28, 2020, by Diane Phillips of Pittsburg, California.