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Topics in Chronicling America - Ellis Island

On December 17, 1900, the new Immigrant Station for receiving and processing the immigration of thousands of newcomers to the United States opened on Ellis Island. The New-York Tribune (New York, NY) described the new facility as "spacious and well-lighted," showing contrasting photos of the old Barge Office and the new building. Read more about it!

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Picture of Ellis Island from the New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, August 28, 1904, Image 28

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Important Dates:

  • 1890, Congress appropriates $75,000 to build an immigration station at Ellis Island.
  • January 1, 1892, The immigration station at Ellis Island officially opens.
  • June 15, 1897, Fire destroys station and records of immigrants back to 1840.
  • December 1900, The new and currently standing main building opens at a cost of $1.5 million.
  • 1907, Ellis Island has peak number of immigrants arrive.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Ellis Island; Immigration, immigrants, immigration station

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