“Ellis Island of the West”

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“Angel Island”

On our cruise around San Francisco Bay with Mom and my sisters we also caught a view of “Angel Island”.

Angel Island is a California State Park, wildlife preserve and one of the finest historical sites in the Bay Area.  I’m sure the Karma of this lovely island is superior to “Alcatraz”.

From 1910 to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China and Russia entering the United States. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were detained at the Station before being sent to facilities farther inland.

The Island has been a cattle ranch and beginning with the Civil War at Camp Reynolds, the Island has over 100 years of military history. With the outbreaks of WWI and WWII thousands of troops both returning and embarking for conflicts around the world were processed through Angel Island. In the ’50s and ’60s, the Island saw its last military service as a home to a Nike missile base.

It is the largest natural Island in the Bay area. Access to the Island is by private boat or public ferry.

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