1st stop THE PASSAGEThey began their journey to America on foot, horseback, or train. Many trekked hundreds of miles across Europe to get to a seaport. When they arrived at the coast, they boarded a steamship.As many as 3,000 people crowded the ships. They often came from different countries, spoke different languages, and belonged to different religions.
2nd The ARRIVAL The trip across the Atlantic Ocean was rough. The ships were crowded and dirty. So most passengers were very tired when they arrived in New York Harbor. the first things they saw was the Statue of Liberty, which has stood on its own island in the harbor since 1886.
3rd stop The baggage room officers wearing uniforms greeted the ferryboat as it docked at Ellis Island. They shouted and motioned to the passengers to walk down the gangplank to the main building.The commotion was overwhelming. Men, women, and children struggled off the boat carrying trunks, cloth sacks, and suitcases. the immigrants entered the Baggage Room on the building's ground floor. They left their precious belongings here until their inspection was done.
4th stop the stair to the registry room The immigration process began on the winding stairs that led to the Registry Room. Doctors stood on the second floor and watched each person. They looked for people who had trouble walking or breathing or showed signs of other health problems.
5th stop Registy room The Registry Room was nicknamed the Great Hall because it is so big. The waiting area in the Great Hall had long metal rails that helped maintain an orderly line as people went through the medical and legal inspections. Wooden benches were added in 1903. The noise in this room could be intense. The sounds of thousands of voices bounced off the vaulted ceilings.Officials in the Great Hall decided whether each person could enter the country right away or whether that person's case required further review.