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Ellis and Angel Islands | Civics: Links to History

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Links to History: Ellis & Angel Islands

1890
1892 Ellis Island opens as an immigration station in New York harbor.
1900
  • Photo/etching of Ellis Island
    source: The Granger Collection
1907 In a single day, 11,747 immigrants pass through Ellis Island.
1910
1910 Angel Island opens as an immigration station in San Francisco Bay.
1920
1930
1940
  • Immigrants disembarking at Angel Island
    source: Rudolph Vetter, National Archives and Records Administration / Presidential Library
1940 Angel Island ceases operation. Some 175,000 Chinese immigrants have passed through Angel Island.
1950
1954 Ellis Island ceases operation. Some 12 million immigrants have passed through Ellis Island.
1960
1970
1980
1990
1990 The restored Main Building at Ellis Island opens as a museum.
2000
2000 California voters approve a $15 million proposition to begin full restoration of Angel Island. The entire project is expected to be completed by 2010, the one-hundredth anniversary of the immigration station's opening.
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