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Ellis Island

Ellis Island
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
NameEllis Island
CaptionEllis Island Immigration Museum
Elevation7 ft (2.1 m)
LocationJersey City and
New York City
Lat Degrees40
Lat Minutes41
Lat Seconds58.4
Lat DirectionN
Long Degrees74
Long Minutes2
Long Seconds22.5
Long DirectionW
LocmapinNew York City
Map CaptionPort of New York and New Jersey
Cord Parametersregion:US-NY_type:landmark_scale:5000
Cord Displayinline, title
Cord Formatdms
Built1900 (Main Building)|architect=Edward Lippincott Tilton
William Alciphron Boring
ArchitectureRenaissance Revival
Area27.5 acre (11.1 ha)
Governing BodyNational Park Service
Designation2 OffnameStatue of Liberty National Monument, Ellis Island and Liberty Island
Designation2 DateOctober 15, 1966
Designation2 Number66000058
Designation3 Dateadded October 15, 1965
Designation3 OffnameStatue of Liberty National Monument

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Ellis Island is known best as the historical gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States. This site was the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954. The island was greatly expanded with landfill between 1892 and 1934. Before that, the much smaller original island was the site of Fort Gibson and later a naval magazine. It became part of the Statue of Liberty National Monument in 1965, and since 1990, hosts a museum of immigration run by the National Park Service. A 1998 United States Supreme Court decision found most of the island to be part of New Jersey.

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