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Some people search for wisdom. Others for truth. Then there are those who search for views from toilets…

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Extraordinary toilet photographed on Alcatraz Island

Extraordinary toilet photographed on Alcatraz Island

 Who knew? The guard towers at Alcatraz were fitted with toilets. Pictured here seat down. Photograph Luke Barclay.

Who knew? The guard towers at Alcatraz were fitted with toilets. Pictured here seat down. Photograph Luke Barclay.

Alcatraz is known for its inmates and their audacious escape attempts across San Francisco Bay. But spare a thought for the guards - especially those on lookout duty. Shifts in the Alcatraz guard towers were tough. But at least there was a toilet! There is one guard tower remaining on Alcatraz today (pictured above). Look closely and you can see the toilet. Escaping prisoners may or may not have been spotted from it...

Location

 Alcatraz Island is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photograph  Decaseconds (flickr.com)

Alcatraz Island is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photograph Decaseconds (flickr.com)

Alcatraz Island - a.k.a. ‘The Rock’ - sits in San Francisco Bay. It’s now, of course, a major tourist attraction/museum and is managed by the US National Parks Service. Boats to the island leave from Pier 33, North Beach, San Francisco.

 

Suggested viewing…

This fascinating video from Inside Edition discusses what it was like for the children who lived on Alcatraz - not because they were inmates, but because their parents worked there, as guards:

This toilet was featured in A Loo with a View, by Luke Barclay (Virgin Books). Homepage image by Sharon Mollerus.


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