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8 Facts About Ellis Island .

8 Facts you may or may not know about
Ellis Island

1
It was called Gibbet Island in the early 18th century after a group of pirates were hung from gibbets there.

2
Immigrants had to answer 29 questions to gain citizenship. Approximately 2 percent of all immigrants failed due to criminal records, disease, or other undesirable responses.

3
The stations dining room was capable of housing approximately 1,000 people at once.

4
The remains of 6 Native Americans were removed from Ellis and Liberty Islands and have since been returned to their resting places by the National Park Service.

5
The immigration station processed its last immigrants on November 12, 1954. Today, it functions as a museum.

6
As immigration slowed during World War I, the island was used as a way-station for the Army and Navy.

7
A kitchen fire on June 15, 1897 destroyed the entire station. The flow of immigrants had to rerouted to a temporary location until the station was rebuilt and reopened in 1900.

8
At its peak in 1907, the Immigration Station processed a record 1.25 million immigrants; 11,747 were processed in a single day.

8 Facts About Ellis Island .

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Every year hundreds of tourists flock to New York City to take in the sights and the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are two major must-see destinations. Ellis Island is now a national park and mus...
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