Ellis Island

By: Michael Butzer and Collin Wallace


Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. It was the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954.


Background: Ellis Island opened up in 1892 as a federal immigration station, and for more than 60 years processed immigrants into the United States. It is well known all across the nation and is probably the most recognizable immigration station in the United States.

Facts: From 1900 to 1914, the peak years of Ellis Island's operation between 5,000 to 10,000 people passed through the immigration station every day. Approximately 80 percent successfully passed through in a matter of hours, but others could be detained for days or weeks inside the station. From 1924 to its closing in 1952, only 2.3 million immigrants passed through the station.

Significance: The Ellis Island helped prevent any sickness into the U.S. and signified the America dream, where millions of immigrants wished and hoped to enter America. It is now a sight seeing sight in which is seen by thousands every year.