Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty
We arrived in New York City and found our RV Park at Liberty Harbour. We can actually see the Statue of Liberty out our window! So we got up early and caught the ferry over to Ellis Island. This is was the immigration processing centre from 1892 - 1954. It was during this time that the United States had their largest amount of immigrants, with over 12 million immigrants passing through these gates. It was quite fascinating to see and imagine all the people that came through here with all their hopes and dreams of starting a new life. Over 100 million Americans can claim to having an ancestor who came to Ellis Island, and at one of the exhibits, you could look up on a computer if your relative came through Ellis Island. So I put in my great-grandfather’s name who came to American from Denmark. And to my surprise… his full name came up with the date that he arrived! With more investigation we could find the ship and log details of his travels. How amazing to see and know that my great-grandfather was one of those to passed through the gates of Ellis Island!
After seeing Ellis Island, we then continued on by ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. This monument was also an immigrant, as it was given to the USA by a group of French to honour the American ideals of freedom and liberty. It has largely become the symbol of American liberty and also became the welcome sign for all the immigrants to Ellis Island.
From Liberty Island, we headed back to the harbour and proceeded to take the subway system up through Manhattan to the Bronx to see the Yankees baseball game. It was quite the adventure, as we did not know really where we needed to go. But thankfully, there were a lot of friendly people wearing Yankee jersey’s who were also going to the game. We just followed the crowd of Yankee’s fans and they took us right to the Stadium! It was rather fun and an adventure!