Angel Island in the San Francisco Bay

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Port of Angel Island © picasaweb.google.com - Mirjam Hart/cc-by-sa-3.0

Port of Angel Island © picasaweb.google.com – Mirjam Hart/cc-by-sa-3.0

Angel Island is an island in San Francisco Bay that offers expansive views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin County Headlands and Mount Tamalpais. The entire island is included within Angel Island State Park and is administered by California State Parks. The island, a California Historical Landmark, has been used for a variety of purposes, including military forts, a US Public Health Service Quarantine Station, and a US Bureau of Immigration inspection and detention facility. The Angel Island Immigration Station on the northeast corner of the island, where officials detained, inspected, and examined approximately one million immigrants, has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Like much of the California coast, Angel Island was subsequently used for cattle ranching. In 1863, during the American Civil War, the U.S. Army established a camp on the island (now known as Camp Reynolds or the West Garrison), and it subsequently became an infantry garrison during the US campaigns against Native American peoples in the West.

From 1910 to 1940, the Angel Island Immigration Station processed approximately 1 million Asian immigrants entering into the US, leading to it sometimes being referred to as “The Ellis Island of the West”. Due to the restrictions of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, many Chinese immigrants spent years on the island, waiting for entry. A fire destroyed the administration building in 1940, and subsequent immigration processing took place in San Francisco.

Camp Reynolds © Stephen Gross Angel Island plaque © victorgrigas/cc-by-sa-3.0 Angel Island from Tiburon © Stephen Gross Angel Island features © Kevin Murray/cc-by-sa-3.0 Angel Island Chinese monument © Jsalsman/cc-by-sa-3.0 Port of Angel Island © picasaweb.google.com - Mirjam Hart/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Port of Angel Island © picasaweb.google.com - Mirjam Hart/cc-by-sa-3.0
In 1964, the Chinese American community successfully lobbied the State of California to designate the immigration station as a State Landmark. Today, the Angel Island Immigration Station is a federally designated National Historic Landmark. It was renovated by the California State Parks, which re-opened February 16, 2009. Docent tours for school groups can be made by appointment.

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