Fun Fact November 12, 2021.

On November 12, 1954, Ellis Island, the gateway to America, shuts it doors after processing more than 12 million immigrants since opening in 1892. Today, tens of millions of Americans can trace their roots through Ellis Island. The island is named for merchant Samuel Ellis, who owned the land in the 1770s. On January 2, 1892, 15-year-old Annie Moore, from Ireland, became the first person to pass through the newly opened Ellis Island, which President Benjamin Harrison designated as America’s first federal immigration center in 1890. Before that time, the processing of immigrants had been handled by individual states. Immigration to Ellis Island peaked between 1892 and 1924, during which time the 3.3-acre island was enlarged and by the 1930s it reached its current 27.5-acre size. During the busiest year of operation, 1907, over 1 million people were processed at Ellis Island.  Listen to the podcast here;  https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

Fun Fact November 12, 2021.
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