After World War
II the two-story detention building was abandoned and left to collect
dust. In 1970 the detention center was scheduled for destruction, but
before they had a chance to demolish it, the park ranger paid it a visit.
The park ranger's name is Alexander Weiss. He was taking a walk through
the building with a flashlight in hand when he noticed the writings
on the walls.
After that discovery
the Angel Island Immigration Station Historical Advisory Committee (AIISHAC),
Paul Chow, and Alexander Weiss put together their efforts and saved
the building and its surrounding. They passed legislation passed granting
them $250,000 to preserve and restore the barracks. That is the heroic
story of how Angel Island was saved.
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