Culebra Cut as Seen from Suspension Bridge at Empire, Panama Canal


Material Information

Culebra Cut as Seen from Suspension Bridge at Empire, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Engineering   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A view of Culebra Cut and its railways taken from a nearby suspension bridge.
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: Source 2:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.129
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21756-Culebra Cut as Seen From Suspension Cridge at Empire, Panama, Canal.

The suspension bridge from which this
scene was secured is partially visible in view
21744. The bridge crosses the Canal at Em-
Empire (described further in views 20335
and 21744) is three miles up the Culebra C-t
from Bas Obispo, which is at the headwaters
of Gatun Lake. The Cut at the point sh-v-i
is therefore comparatively deen. (-'e rf te
angles of the Canal Channel is plainly visible
in this view.
From Bas Obispo up to the cor'' .ical
divide which crosses the canal c at

Rio Obispo River. To avoid flooding of the
canal in the rainy season it was necessary to
c -tr:uct a diversion channel for the Rio
ObisIo-. The Rio Obispo diversion is on
the east side cf the Cut. Likewise, beyond
on the other s-1 e cf the continental divide
- riversi-n ch-anel h:J to be made for the
Rio Grande and its tributaries. The Rio
Grande diversion also parallels the Cut, but
is on its west side. Both diversion channels
rerve the additional purpose of carrying off
much of the surface drainage which other-
wise would have gone into the canal.

Culebra, the canal follows the valley ot tlhe
Copyright, 1913, by The Keystone View Company.

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