Statement of Significance (as of designation - December 9, 1997):
The U.S. Immigration Station at Angel Island was the major West Coast processing center for immigrants from 1910 to 1940. What Ellis Island symbolizes to Americans of European heritage who immigrated to the East Coast, Angel Island symbolizes to Americans of Asian heritage on the West Coast. The largest island in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island was used as a Prisoner of War Camp during World War II. It was declared surplus in 1946 and since 1963 has been a California State Park.