Is Ellis Island Haunted?

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On January 1, 1892, Ellis Island opened it doors to U.S. immigrants. The U.S. Bureau of Immigration processed 12 million immigrants at Ellis Island before the facility shut down in 1954, but not everyone found their happy ending. Over 3,000 immigrants died on the island during its 62-year run, and rumor has it some of them still haunt the historic property.

According to one frequently quoted report (which no longer exists online), several National Park Service employees have had eerie experiences on Ellis Island. Dean Garrett, former chief ranger, reportedly heard children’s voices emanating from the Great Hall (pictured above) and the sound of doors opening and closing. Naturally, no one was around. Technician Martha Blitzer and an unnamed reporter also heard children’s voices in the Hall. The children, they said, sounded scared and confused. Many sounded as if they were crying.

One evening, Youth Conservation Corps worker George DuRan was walking in a hallway under the Great Hall when he thought he heard people moving furniture above. When DuRan went to investigate, however, the noises suddenly stopped. He saw no tourists or staff, and no workers were on Ellis Island that day.

Is Ellis Island truly haunted or are the stories fanciful exaggerations? Share your opinion below.

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  3. DEBBIE SIMON.. REALLY SAD SOME MADE THE TRIP AND HOPED FOR FREEDOM AND WOUND UP LIKE THAT NEVER MAKING IT I HOPE THEIR NEXT LIFE IS BETTER says:

    the one about ellis island

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