This New Jersey Town Was Once The Ellis Island For Animals And You Can Still See Some Of The Remnants

We’re all familiar with Ellis Island, a historic landmark and popular tourist destination located in both New York and New Jersey. The nation’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954, it was the gateway to America for over 12,000,000 individuals. Many people were treated for illnesses and quarantined to avoid the spread of diseases in the US. People, but what about animals? While some pets MAY have been allowed to pass through Ellis Island (birds, for example), most animals imported to the United States ended up at separate quarantine centers.

When the complex was built, Clifton was an ideal location. The area was fairly rural, with easy access to transportation options including rail lines and waterways. As time went on, the area became more suburban and it no longer made sense to process animals there. A new facility was built near Newburgh, New York in 1978. Originally owned by the Federal Government, the city of Clifton obtained the deed to the property in 1962. After the quarantine station was closed, Clifton broke ground on the property for its new municipal complex. The site is located in the area of… Address: 900 Clifton Avenue, Clifton, NJ, 07013. To discover other interesting historical sites in New Jersey (all family-friendly and open to the public), click here.