Culebra Cut at Its Most Interesting Point, Cucaratcha Slide on the Left, Panama Canal


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Culebra Cut at Its Most Interesting Point, Cucaratcha Slide on the Left, Panama Canal
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Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Engineering   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Machinery   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A man overlooking Culebra Cut, its machinery, and its landslide, the Cucaratcha slide.
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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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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21757-Culebra Cut at its Most Interesting Point, Cucaracha Slide on the Left, Panama Canal.

The portion of the Culebra Cut here
shown is just a short distance southeast of
its deepest point at Gold Hiill (see view
21759). The hill to the left, i. e. on the east
side of the canal, is where the so-called Cu-
caracha slide occurred, when as large a
space as 47 acres moved down the slope.
Ever since, even, there has been some
gradual sliding continually going on. In
fact, this slide gave the French much trouble
during the latter years of their operations.
The Americans were first annoyed by it in
1905, and from that date to the middle of

1912, it necessitated the removal of some
3,000,000 extra cabic yards of material.
The Americans, profiting by the expe-
rience of their i'rench predecessors with this
Cucaracha slide, made the excavation much
wider at this point, and with a far milder
slope than was first deemed necessary. The
Cucaracha slide commenced to break some
1,900 feet back from the Canal's axis. This
variety of slide is due to the slipping of the
surface dirt and clay over the firm and
smooth rocky stratum of material beneath.

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.

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