Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal
Emigrant (Immigrant) Waiting Room
After passing the Statue of Liberty and being processed at Ellis Island, where did the new Americans go?
Once declared “clearly and beyond a doubt, entitled to land” almost two-thirds of the immigrants processed at Ellis Island bought train tickets from the Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) ticket office on the island. They then boarded ferries which brought them here to the CRRNJ Terminal in Jersey City.
Upon arrival at the CRRNJ Terminal, the immigrants awaited their trains in the Emigrant Waiting Room.
The area in front of you, once enclosed within a ferry house, was the “Emigrant Waiting Room.” Here, in this small confined space, new immigrants were kept apart from the splendor of the main waiting room.
Remnant pipes, a slate urinal and tiles of the restroom floor are still visible today.
When it came time for their trains to depart, the new immigrants, many with their train tickets pinned to their clothing, were led to Track 1 through the North Baggage Tunnel (the arched opening behind you). Special immigrant trains, described as “somewhat resembling cattle cars,” took these new Americans on the next leg of their historic journeys.
Erected by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is located in Liberty State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Historic Trilogy (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named The Central Railroad of New Jersey (CRRNJ) Terminal (a few steps from this marker); The Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal (within shouting distance of this marker); Central Railroad of NJ Employees (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Empty Sky: New Jersey (about 400 feet away); The Bridge of Nations (approx. half a mile away); Paulus Hook (approx. 0.6 miles away); Delaware Indian Burials (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. A diagram of the Covered Ferry House, Waiting Room for Emigrants, and a Restaurant for train and dock hands appears at the bottom of the marker. It has a caption of “This drawing is adapted from the 1888 CRRNJ Terminal plans by architects Peabody and Sterns. All these facilities, including the Emigrant Waiting Room, were once contained within a ferry house.
A photograph of newly arrived immigrants appears on the left of the marker, with a caption of “Immigrants ride a ferry to the railroad terminals in New Jersey. (Photograph courtesy of the National Park Service.)”
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 580 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.