Where ships will sail through a mountain - famous Culebra Cut - Panama Canal


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Where ships will sail through a mountain - famous Culebra Cut - Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Underwood & Underwood, Publishers
Place of Publication:
New York
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Subjects / Keywords:
Excavation   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Labor   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A view of the progression of Culebra Cut, showing railways and laborers at work within it.
Scope and Content:
Brothers Elmer and Bert Underwood founded Underwood & Underwood in 1880 in Ottawa, Kansas. Starting with door to door sales and eventually branching out into freelance photography work, the brothers' company grew large enough to relocate to New York City in 1891. At the turn of the century the firm was selling 300,000 stereographs a year. After stereograph production was discontinued in the 1920s, Underwood & Underwood sold its stereographic stock to The Keystone View Company. Source: http://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/elmer-and-bert-underwood/12227
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.81
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Full Text




We are at a point more than half way across the
fifty-mile isthmus, and are now facing southeast
towards the Pacific. The town and bay of Panama are
about ten miles ahead. The railway track used by
regular passenger and freight trains is off at our right
nearly a mile from here.
This valley is the famous "cut" through a mountain
wall which divides the isthmian rainfall, sending a part
to each ocean. The cut is about a mile long and when
finished it will be faced with masonry so that the fierce
tropical rains will have no chance to work damage.
The "canal zone" or strip of land bought by the
United States from the Republic of Panama extends
across the isthmus in a belt ten miles wide: it reaches
five miles to our right and five miles to our left.
When the United States paid France $40,000,000
for the unfinished canal in 1904, a part of this deepest
excavation on the line had already been. made. In a
single day in March. 00oo4. seven American-made steam
shovels were at work here at different points within a

mile, and 64oo00 cubic yards of earth and rocks were taken
out. The excavated stone is to be hauled over to Colon
(behind us on the Atlantic side) to help build an enor-
mous breakwater at the entrance of the canal.
From Notes of Travel, No. S2. Copyright, 1906, by Under-
wood & Underwood.

Where ships will sail through a mountain-Culebra Cut,
Panama Canal.
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