Gatun Lake and South End of Gatun Locks, Panama Canal


Material Information

Gatun Lake and South End of Gatun Locks, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Locks (Hydraulic engineering)   ( fast )
Lakes   ( fast )
Engineering   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A view of the nearly completed Gatun Locks with Gatun Lake in the background.
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
Rights Management:
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Resource Identifier:
accession number - 2013.2.147
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Full Text

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If .one does not take. a careful glance at
the map he is apt to think of 'the Pan_ .r I
CanafT'running more or less east and vest,
that is, one would'.naturally .expect to enter
the canal on the Atlantic side and go ih a
westerly -direction to the Pacific cyo.t.
Almost the opposite direction, however is
really what is taken, for thl:canal ch.nn l
runs direct south for a few miles from C 1 1
and a general southeasterly course
tb the Pantraa end.
In this view, therefore, we can realize at
once that we have our backs to the Atlantic
and. are facing the impotiTed. .waters of
-Gatun lake at the south end of the- Gatun
locks. The operator of the camera caught
this panoramrna ;fr0m-i an excellent vantage
point in the top of a lighthouse located on

id of Uatun LoCKS, ranama Canai.

the west wall of the locks. This lighthouse
is 9o feet. high as is clearly shown if you
c.bsi&rve the workman in the right fore-
In the foregrouhd, also, may be seen the
:1t par of. massive gates composing the
t'ird double lock, which gives immediate
access to the Gatun Lake proper. .In the
distance to the left just beyond the lock
r c.s may be noticed an emergency dam
(explained fully in views 21726, 21727,
21728, -1730o); the corresponding. dam on
the cth-r side is also partially visible. The
Gatun I ake, which spreads out beyond the
lock, will'cover an area of some 164 square
miles; the channel in the lake at this point
will -be I,ooo feet wide and this width will
be maintained for 5I miles,

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company,



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