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The Incredible Discovery Of The Military Fortress Under Alcatraz

Buzznet Logo: MainLogo By Scott Croker of Buzznet | Slide 2 of 22: Before becoming a world-famous penitentiary, Alcatraz Island was owned by Julian Workman. He was a ranch owner in 1846 when Alta California governor Pio Pico gave him the island. As part of their arrangement, Workman agreed to build a lighthouse. Workman was never able to follow through on his promise. It's not that he couldn't, it's that he was never given a chance. Less than one year into his ownership, California's military governor John C. Fremont bought Alcatraz for $5,000.

Original Owner

Before becoming a world-famous penitentiary, Alcatraz Island was owned by Julian Workman. He was a ranch owner in 1846 when Alta California governor Pio Pico gave him the island. As part of their arrangement, Workman agreed to build a lighthouse.

Workman was never able to follow through on his promise. It's not that he couldn't, it's that he was never given a chance. Less than one year into his ownership, California's military governor John C. Fremont bought Alcatraz for $5,000.

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