Site of Gatun Dam Looking Toward Gatun Lake, Panama Canal


Material Information

Site of Gatun Dam Looking Toward Gatun Lake, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Dams--Design and construction   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Lakes   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A photo depicting the site of Gatun Dam, looking towards Gatun Lake.
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

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.145
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Full Text

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21731--Site of "Gatun Dam Looking T ward Gatun Lake, Panama Canal.
In this view we are looking along the The Gatun Dam which impounds these
western side of the Gatun locks over the x aters measures on its crest nearly i12
dam, with the waters of Gatun Lake extend- riles. The width of this great dam is nearly
ing out into the distance. Further to the h.lf a mile at its base, ioo feet at the top,
right, i. e. the west, of this view is the spill- and nearly 400 feet at the surface of the
way described in views 21732, 21733. One v-ater. The dc.m is really nothing more
of the emergency dams (see views 21726, than an artificial ridge across the lower end
21728, 21730) is plainly visible at the term of the Chzcgres Valley, which thus becomes
nus of the lock wall. The irregular line of a huge reserve ir. It is gratifying to note
the distant horizon reminds us that the great that only 5co feet of the whole length of the
artificial lake formed here is fed by the 9dam will have to stand the pressure of 85
waters from the river Chagres and other feet of water. The natural slope of the
tributary streams flowing down from the ground protects the rest.
nearby hills.
Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.