United States Atlas > Travel Photos | Ellis Island
From 1892 to 1954, a small island in New York Harbor played a crucial
role in United States history. Ellis Island, named the first
Federal immigration station by President Harrison in 1890, processed over
12 million immigrants entering the country before its closure in November
1954. In the early years, most came from northern and western
Europe; later decades saw waves of immigration from southern and eastern
Europe. A fire burned the original building to the ground on June
14, 1897, destroying decades of immigration information which had been
stored there. A new building, which still stands today as the Ellis
Island Immigration Museum, was opened on December 17, 1900.
Interior of Ellis Island Museum
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