On my last trip to New York City, I visited Ellis Island for the first time. I could spend a week there, learning about all the information and absorbing everything this historic landmark holds inside. But, some of the facts are left untold, until now…
- Immigrants had to answer 29 questions to gain citizenship. Approximately 2 percent of all immigrants failed due to criminal records, disease, or other responses.
- The station dining room could house about 1,000 people at once.
- The remains of 6 Native Americans were removed from Ellis and Liberty Islands, but have since been returned by the National Park Services.
- The immigration station processed its last immigrants on November 12, 1954.
- As immigration slowed during World War I, the island was used as a way-station for the Army and Navy.