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For twelve million American immigrants, Ellis Island was their gateway to America. For more than sixty years beginning in 1892, this station between New York City and Jersey City processed newcomers to our shores, but after it closed in 1954, the island was essentially abandoned and fell into decay. To restore it, Americans, many of them descendants of the original newcomer, contributed more than $150 million. What Was Ellis Island? answers its title question with an inspiring story to which even youngsters can relate. A trade paperback and NOOK Book original perfect for readers 8 to twelve.