A Land Slide of Ten Million Yards of Earth, Entirely Blocking the Canal


Material Information

A Land Slide of Ten Million Yards of Earth, Entirely Blocking the Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Landslides   ( fast )
Boats and boating   ( fast )
Natural disasters   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A photo of a massive landslide of ten millions yards of earth completely blocking the Canal and the boats of crews arriving to remove the blockage.
Scope and Content:
B. L. Singley founded The Keystone View Company in 1892 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. The company quickly became the world's largest view company, having at least 250,000 negatives (of which some 50,000 were available as numbered views) by the 1930s. These images were meant to bring international experiences into the palm of the average person's hand, to be revisted in private or during social gatherings. It has been said that the ability of the stereograph to bring vicarious experiences to faraway people makes this medium parallel to the internet or television today. The Keystone View Company also focused on the educational value of their products, employing teams of people to write explanatory texts that were printed on the backs of the stereograph cards. This text, along with the imagery, presents the dominant vision of American ideals and interests during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Source 1: http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/ft1q2n999m/ Source 2: http://www.yellowstonestereoviews.com/publishers/keystone.html
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
Rights Management:
Public Domain Presumed (e.g. expiry of copyright term): This item is presumed to be in the public domain. The University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries respect the intellectual property rights of others and do not claim any copyright interest in this item. Users of this work have responsibility for determining copyright status prior to reusing, publishing or reproducing this item for purposes other than what is allowed by fair use or other copyright exemptions. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.120
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Full Text

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A main problem-in fact, the chief prob-
lem-in connection with the construction of
the Panama Canal has been that of landslides.
Nor has this problem ceased to be a most
annoying one since the opening of the Canal
for the accommodation of commerce. The
principal slides that caused great delay were
the Cucaracha slide in 1913, and those oc-
curring at Culebra (now Gaillard Cut), in
1910, and again in 1914 and 1915.
The one here shown is especially bother-
some and means that at least 10,000,000 cubic
yards of earth must be removed before the
Canal :ill again be in its normal condition.
However, navigation will not be held up
until all this material is removed, but will
Copyright, 1916, by The

be opened up just as soon as it is safe. Gen-
eral Goethals, the expert engineer in charge
of the whole Panama Canal Zone, states that
one million cubic yards can be removed per
month. The cost will be not more than 30
cents per cubic yard.
The bad feature of this recent slide is that
slides have occurred simultaneously from
both banks. All sorts of methods have been
employed to make the banks stable, like
planting the slopes with grasses and trees,
driving in piles, covering the surface with
cement, etc. These have been unsuccessful
so far, and even large trees that have stood
on the slopes for years have gone down to
the canal bed, maintaining their original
erect position.
Keystone View Company.


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Ten Million Yards of Earth Entirely Blocking the Canal.

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