Angel Island

I took the ferry to Angel Island for a somewhat different photographic experience. While Angel Island, a state park, features great views, my destination was the Immigration Station. This trip was inspired by my visit to the Chinese Historical Society’s exhibit “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion. Highly recommended.

From 1910 until 1940, the Immigration Station – perhaps better named the Internment Station – processed immigrates. Because of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Chinese were not allowed to immigrate to the United States. So, they were detained at the Immigration Station for periods of time up to two years. I wanted to document the Station which is outside my usual photographic interest. It’s an interesting place. The conditions must have been deplorable. It’s doubtful my images do justice to the place but it’s a first attempt. See my Angel Island gallery for more images.

It’s a two+ mile hike from the ferry landing to the Station with one uphill climb. There are pay-for shuttles but I didn’t look into that. Be sure not to miss the last ferry of the day – could be a long night.