We arrived at Grand Central Station and made our way Downtown to Battery Park- the very bottom of Manhattan. We then rode the ferry to the island with the Statue of Liberty and took an audio tour...which was kind of interesting.
Here is what I learned from our audio tour (Cynthia to be exact)...
- She is a "Big Woman" (Made us all laugh!)
- It is made of Copper
- Her fingernail is the size of your forearm
- Her waste is 35 feet wide
- The man who designed the Eiffel Tower had some part in designing the Statue
- She is VERY thin
- Built 1886
|Statue of Liberty and one of the ferrys|
After exploring the Lady, we took the ferry to Ellis Island. Ellis Island is where millions of immigrants came to the United States in the late 1800's and early 1900's. We took another audio tour, which I found to be more interesting than the Statue of Liberty. I learned about health examinations, where they came from, and 9 million came through (only 2% were sent back). Outside the main building, there were a list of the names of those who came through the island. Of course we looked for Ruppelt, but there were NONE! There were several Ruppel, but I think some may have changed their name to Ruppelt, but who knows? My Dad was determined to find more names in our family and we found a few...check them out below.
|Grandma's (Dad's side) Maiden Name|
|Mom's Maiden name: KOTH|
|My paternal great grandmother's maiden name: STEFFEL|
Want to know more about Ellis Island or if your family came through, check it out here