The Angel Island Immigration Station, also called the "Ellis Island of the West," served as the primary gateway for immigrants arriving at America's Pacific Coast from 1910 to 1940. Due to laws restricting immigration from Asia, many who arrived were detained for weeks, months, or even years. In 1970, the rediscovery of poetry carved by detainees into the barracks walls saved the site from demolition. Today, the site houses a museum dedicated to interpreting and making connections between the experiences of those who made the journey to America over 100 years ago and the continuing story of immigration in America today. The site is beautifully situated on the north shore of Angel Island, which boasts spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. Hiking, camping and biking add to the enjoyment of a visit to the Immigration Station and the Island. Ferries leave at regularly scheduled times from Pier 41 (Fisherman’s Wharf) in San Francisco and from Tiburon in Marin County. The Angel Island Immigration Station reminds us of the complicated history of immigration in America. It serves as a symbol of our willingness to learn from our past to ensure that our nation keeps its promise of liberty and freedom.