Extension of Center Wall, North End of Gatun Locks, Gatun in the Distance, Panama Canal


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Extension of Center Wall, North End of Gatun Locks, Gatun in the Distance, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)   ( fast )
Walls   ( fast )
Machinery   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Various machines and a laborer are depicted alongside the extension of the massive center wall in the Gatun locks.
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

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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accession number - 2013.2.143
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Full Text


21762-Extension of Center Wall, North End of Gatun Locks, Panama Canal.

Other views and descriptions of the center
walls of the locks are given in numbers
21723, 21753, and 21763. This center wall
at the Gatun locks differs from the others in
that all the rest are made of solid concrete
whereas this north end extension of the
Gatun center wall is constructed with
arches. The reason for this variation is
that no stable foundation was obtainable
here. In fact, piles had to be driven down
as a basis for the masonry work in the con-
struction of these arches.
The arches, to be sure, are not used fur-
ther than the first lock-gates because the cen-

ter wall from that point onward must be
solid except for culverts, (used in carrying
water to flood the lock chambers), electric
wire conduits, passageways for workmen,
and drainage galleries, as described in views
21711 and 21716. The extension of the cen-
ter wall, here in form of arches, projects
in each instance P distance beyond the side
walls. This extension is used as a mooring
pier to which the boats must tie up while
awaiting their turn to enter the locks, or
until the towing locomotives are attached
and ready to draw the boats through the

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