Culebra Cut Near Culebra Showing Cucaracha Land Slide of 47 Acres at the Left, Panama Canal


Material Information

Culebra Cut Near Culebra Showing Cucaracha Land Slide of 47 Acres at the Left, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Labor   ( fast )
Railroads   ( fast )
Landslides   ( fast )
Excavation   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Two laborers, steam machinery, and railways within Culebra Cut dealing with the problem of the massive Cucaratcha Landslide.
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 - 2013.2.155
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21743-Culebra Cut Near Culebra Showing Cucaracha Land Slide of 47 Acres at
the Left, Panama Canal.

This scene gives one a little fuller view of
the Cucaracha slide, which covered an area
of 47 acres, as detailed in the description of
view 21757. The camera is facing south
towards the Pacific end of the Canal, and
low-lying on the left of the Cut is the Cu-
caracha slide. That the slope on this side is
not at all steep is easily noticeable on c:nm--
parison with the precipitous hil.Hide on the
opposite side. Another comparison will
show that the steep side is faced with more
rock than the other.
In the distance to the left a steam-shovel

may be seen resolutely at work on the task
of removing the dirt from a place, already
,ear ly excavated sufficiently. In the im-
nediate foreground are six drills, used in
blasting out the bottom of the canal, which
throughout the entire 8 miles and more of
the Cuilebra Ciiut must be kept at a minimum
i-dth of 3"'o feet, anrd even enough more at
wherever angles occur in the course of the
canal, to allow the turning of a r1,00 foot
boat. The men in the right foreground are
carrying drinking water from a source be-
v fnd the slope.

Copyright 1i93, by The Keystone ViC.: o Company,