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31
Jan

ELLIS ISLAND

This month, 116 years ago (1892), Ellis Island opened it’s doors. Over the course of the next 62 years, millions were processed here. About half of America’s population can trace a relative that came through Ellis Island. Only 3rd class and steerage passengers were required to be inspected at the Island. These poorer immigrants were seen as much more of a risk than the wealthier First and Second class passengers.

The original main building was made of Georgia Pine and was destroyed by fire in 1897.

 

These are some great old photos of immigrants passing through at the turn of the century:

 

Eye exams and paperwork . . . .

 

More arrivals . . . .

More on Ellis Island:




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