21744-Culebra Cut Looking South Toward Empire, Panama Canal.
Empire is a fair-sized town situated on the
bluffs, overlooking the Culebra Cut, about
two miles from the town of Culebr where
is the deepest point of the Cut. The exca-
vation work here is about c miletc, and, in
fact, Colonel Goethals, chief engineer rf the
Canal Commission, dec'lar- that b-pts will
be going through the Cnal by October 15,
1913. View 20885 gives a bird's-eye view of
the town of Emnire.
In the immediate foreground are to be
seen some laborers with a tripod drill, used
in drilling holes in which is placed the dyna-
mite to be set off for the purpose of blasting
out the rocky material here prevalent. The
soil thus loosened is easily transferred by
steam shovels to the cars which in turn
transport it to the Gatun Dam and else-
whre, to be used in the construction of
embankments, etc. As many as 221 tripod
drills (in addition to 176 well drills) have
been in use in Culebra Cut at one time.
The Canal is crossed at Empire by a sus-
pension bridge, part of which is here visible.
From this bridge was taken view 21756.
Copyright, 1913, by The Keystone View Company.
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