Culebra Cut Looking North Showing Land Slides on Both Sides - 75 Acres on the Left and One of 50 Acres on the Right, Pan...


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Culebra Cut Looking North Showing Land Slides on Both Sides - 75 Acres on the Left and One of 50 Acres on the Right, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


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


A single man overlooking Culebra Cut, with massive landslides on both the left and right sides of the excavation.
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

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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 - 2013.2.168
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Full Text

21738-Culebra Cut Looking North Showing Land Slides on Both Sides, Panama Canal.

The cut at its deepest point is shown here.
We are facing toward the Atlantic terminus,
and are looking from a position on Con-
tractor's Hill. In fact, the camera is located
right above the angle of the Canal described
in view 21739. The hill to the right is the
northern slope of Gold Hill.
The numerous slides along the cut have
moved over 200 acres of soil. There are two
kinds of slides. The one in which the loose
surface soil simply slides forward is well
exhibited in views 21741, 21743, 21757. The
Coiyi i 1913, by The

most famous slide of this kind is the Cucara-
cha Slide.
The other slide is caused by the bulky
weight at the crest of the banks becoming
too heavy for the strata near the bottom,
which is thus blg ed out into the cut and
te bank ~allowed to settle. The heavy top
part thelocser'w1:" and tumbles down the side.
The possibility of this kind c.f a slide is
being leIsened by the removal of the heavy
top material by means of steam-shovels,
wherever necessary. The 75 acre slide at
Contractor's Hill is the largest of this type.

K('+ystone View Company,

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