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Tiburon in Marin County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Life on the Second Floor

 
 
Life on the Second Floor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 30, 2022
1. Life on the Second Floor Marker
Inscription.  Womens and Childrens Dormitories
Women and children were separated from the men in their families and housed on the second floor of the Administration Building. During part of this time, World War I enemy aliens German crewmen from merchant ships were also interned here. Conditions were so deplorable that the Germans lodged a complaint through the Swiss Consul.

[The text repeats in Chinese]

妇女儿童宿舍 妇女和儿童与家中的男子分开,安置在行政大楼二楼。在这段时间的一部分时间里,第一次世界大战的敌方外星人来自商船的德国船员也被拘留在这里。条件如此糟糕,德国人通过瑞士领事提出了申请。 Fnǚ
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rtng ssh fnǚ h rtng yǔ jiāzhōng de nnzǐ fēnkāi, ānzh zi hng zhng dlu r lu. Zi zh dun shjiān de yībfn shjiān lǐ, d yī c shji dzhn de d fāng wi xīng rnliz shāngchun de dgu chunyunyě bi jūli zi zhlǐ. Tiojin rcǐ zāogāo, dgu rn tōnggu rush lǐngsh tchūle shēnqǐng.

The female aliens, Asiatics and Europeans, are quartered in two communicating roomsthe Asiatic room is overcrowded with women and childrenThis overcrowdingis particularly bad where the same aliens remain day after day for weeks.
M.W. Glover, Passed (sic) Assistant Surgeon, Public Health Hospital
November 21, 1910

They sent me along with my aunt to live in the womens quarters. I got along with them alrightBut when my aunt and everyone else left, there were all these strangersand then it started to feel uncomfortable.
Paul Wong, at Angel Island, 1924

First Image Caption:
(Left) The second floor dormitories were set up like the Detention Barracks with a three-tiered bunk system.

Second Image Caption:
(Right) A fenced roof deck and an enclosed porch used as a day room were adjacent to the second floor dormitories.
 
Topics. This historical
Life on the Second Floor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 30, 2022
2. Life on the Second Floor Marker
China Cove is in the background
marker is listed in these topic lists: Asian AmericansParks & Recreational AreasWar, World IWomen. A significant historical date for this entry is November 21, 1910.
 
Location. 37° 52.188′ N, 122° 25.571′ W. Marker is in Tiburon, California, in Marin County. Angel Island is located north of Alcatraz Island and is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay. It is accessed by ferry, private boat, watercraft, or kayak. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belvedere Tiburon CA 94920, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Intake, Processing and Waiting (here, next to this marker); Detention Barracks (a few steps from this marker); Segregation and Separation (a few steps from this marker); Immigrations Hearings (a few steps from this marker); Angel Island Immigration Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Registration and Screening (within shouting distance of this marker); First Occupants of the Cove (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Angel Island Immigration Station (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tiburon.
 
More about this marker. The resin marker is mounted to a metal stand in the former location of the Administration Building, now a courtyard in front of the barracks.
 
Regarding Life on the Second Floor.
Life on the Second Floor Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 30, 2022
3. Life on the Second Floor Marker
The hospital is visible behind the trees
The entire island is a state park, except for Point Blunt on the southeastern tip, which is controlled by the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Also see . . .  Immigration Station.
"A rush of immigrants from Europe were expected with the opening of the Panama Canal, but international events after 1914, including the outbreak of World War I, cancelled the expected rush, but Asians continued to arrive on the West Coast and to go through immigration procedures."
(Submitted on August 7, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California.) 
 
Angel Island image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Joseph Alvarado, July 30, 2022
4. Angel Island
North side as seen from a departing ferry
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 7, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. This page has been viewed 88 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 7, 2022, by Joseph Alvarado of Livermore, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 30, 2023