The day it opened, the Ellis Island Immigration Station processed over 700 new immigrants. Completing his long, stressful journey to NY, Innocenzo Mazzi got his "green card" at age 20.
Though the United States didn't exactly have the "golden streets" he pictured, Innocenzo was able to get double the wage he earned back in Italy as a factory worker, and sent money back to support his family.
He became a father of two children and a naturalized citizen before he knew it. Over 12 million people took the same path through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1954.