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In the 1930s, Liberty Island was called Bedloes Island, and the Statue of Liberty shared it with the families of the military stationed at the island's Fort Wood. The Times talks to a few of those families about what life was like: "The island was relatively isolated, with no stores or cars. There was a recreation center with two bowling alleys. Food had to be bought at the commissary at Fort Jay. The sole vehicle on Bedloes Island was an Army truck that delivered coal and ice to homes." [City Room]