Digging the Spillway at Gatun Dam, Panama Canal Zone


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Digging the Spillway at Gatun Dam, Panama Canal Zone
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Labor   ( fast )
Excavation   ( fast )
Machinery   ( fast )
Dams--Design and construction   ( fast )
Spillways--Design and construction   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


Laborers working with steam machinery and railways to excavate in preparation for the construction of the Gatun Dam's spillway.
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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The Gatun dam is situated seven miles Ithrough a hill just below the dam.

from Colon. It is being made to impound When completed it will be 1200 feet

the waters of the Chagres river on the long. Its inside width will be 284 feet.

Atlantic side of the isthmus. A similar Its bottom and sides will be made of

dam is being constructed at Pedro Miguel concrete. The floor is from four feet to
.eighteen inches in thickness, with the
on the Pacific side. These will causesuce ten fve sea leve. he
surface ten feet above sea level. The
the water to form an inland lake cover- eiht feet t a the surfa

ing 163 square miles. The spillway is of the floor They rise on a one to ten

necessary in order to allow water in the slope and in four steps at the back to

lake that is not needed to find its way three feet at the top, which is twenty

back into the channel of the Chagres and feet above the floor. Besides the steam

thence into the Atlantic ocean at Fort shovels, busy loading the "spoil" into

Lorenzo. This dam will be nearly one cars, the drill is at work, making holes

and one-half miles long, 110 feet high, for the dynamite charge. This charge

and one-half a mile thick at the base. when exploded will break up the earth

It was necessary to build this spillway so that the steam shovels can handle it.

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