Newly preserved and restored, a rare piece of bay area history reopens for visitors on Sunday. (See below for details of the reopening day ceremonies)
The federal immigration station on Angel Island, as seen above in 1915, was reached by a long wooden dock which no longer exists. Most of the other structures remain, with the exception of the main administration building (seen in the left foreground in the photo below), which was partially destroyed by fire in 19xx. The restored barracks building is on the hill to the right, with the station hospital on the far hill to the left. You can read a much more extensive history of the facility here.
One of the interpretive park rangers at Angel Island, Casey Lee, describes and then translates a poem that was carved into the wooden wall in one of the smaller rooms at the Immigration Station barracks. It has been preserved and will now be on public display.
Poetic Waves is a elegant and detailed website devoted to the poetry of Angel Island.
The Grand Re-Opening of the U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island will be celebrated on Sunday, February 15, 2009 with a public Dedication Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This will be followed by public tours from Noon to 3 p.m. with presentations by storyteller Charlie Chin; performance artist/dancer Melody Takata, ; historical re-enactor Silvia Lange; and museum designer Daniel Quan.
Free admission, free tram service on Angel Island, and reduced rates on ferries from San Francisco and Tiburon are available. See schedule below. You must take the 8:45 a.m. ferry from San Francisco or the 8:50 a.m. ferry from Tiburon to attend the Dedication Ceremony. For complete schedule, visit www.aiisf.org.
Tram to U.S. Immigration Station, Angel Island Schedule
Departs Ayala Cove at 10:00 a.m., 11:20 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Trams will depart from the Immigration Station for Ayala Cove every half hour starting at noon. Visitors are encouraged to walk one mile to the U.S. Immigration Station from Ayala Cove as space on the trams is limited. Walk and enjoy the beautiful view of the Sonoma Valley and the Bay.
Visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the park in advance at 415-435-5390.
Tiburon Ferry Schedule
Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry, 21 Main St., Tiburon, CA
Depart Tiburon-Arrive at Angel Island, Ayala Cove
Depart - 8:50 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Depart Angel Island-arrive at Tiburon
Depart 1:20 p.m., 3:20 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.
San Francisco Ferry Schedule
San Francisco Blue and Gold Fleet
Depart San Francisco Pier 41-Arrive at Angel Island, Ayala Cove
Depart - 8:45 a.m.- 10:35 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.
Depart Angel Island-arrive at San Francisco Pier 41Depart 1:30 pm, 3:50 p.m., 4:35 p.m.
You can check the weather conditions at the Island by looking at the Ayala Cove webcam here.