"Ellis Island - A place of hope!" Ellis Island by Yaqui

Ellis Island Travel Guide: 59 reviews and 148 photos

This place represents "Hope". Hope for a better life. There is nothing better than hope even if it is through many tears.

The island was a city upon itself. 12 million passed through these gates since January 1, 1892. Over the years they had to constantly expand the facility to accommodate new arrivals by the thousands every month. It had a hospital for the contagious diseases, performed many surgeries and delivered approx. 350 babies. It had a dinning hall and tried to serve the foods according to custom and religion. Tried very hard to provide interpreters for the various languages that pasted onto the shores. Some may think we should have done more, but for the times we did the best we could with what we had. They were hard times for all.

My hubbies great grandfather Louis and his brother passed through this island!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Where better to begin your ancestry!
  • Cons:None
  • In a nutshell:A beginning of history for many!
  • Intro Updated Feb 3, 2012
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  • wabat's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2013 at 5:55 AM

    One can only imagine how nervous would be immigrants would have been here while they waited to see if they would get into the States or not. Inspiring page Dee.

  • GentleSpirit's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    A place I wish i would have made time for on previous visits. So very much history, nice to see they have done a good job restoring the main hall. Must be a very moving place.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jan 21, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    So much history here and where many Americans got their first start in the new world. Interesting info here Dee.

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    An interesting page Dee! The Dormitory building is beautiful, like something from Europe and not the USA.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Nov 9, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      Thank you Dee. To walk around and in the main building was educational and fun.

  • csordila's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2012 at 10:06 AM

    As you know, my grandfather has passed through here and after some successful years he returned home with a lot of money. Laszlo

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Feb 22, 2011 at 4:48 PM

    Ellis Island would be on my list of places to visit if I ever managed time in the big Apple,interesting page Dee,nice photos and a sunny day to visit too!The daily numbers of "aliens"processed for entry is wild compared to when the Island was functional.

  • MD2nd's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2010 at 5:15 AM

    How true! There is nothing better than hope even if it is through many tears. - Thank you for sharing.

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2010 at 6:47 PM

    amazing that we live 30 or so miles from here and the statue of liberty and have never been to either. very interesting page, we should visit and learn more.

  • freddie18's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2010 at 10:26 AM

    I think the island and the people behind it is interesting. It gives protection and services to anyone from a foreign land who set foot on the 'land of milk and honey'.

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Oct 28, 2009 at 5:32 AM

    Hi Dee, Enjoyed your page as when we were in NYC in 2007 we did not visit Ellis Is. Nice to know the history.


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