Upper Side of Spillway at Gatun Lake, Panama Canal


Material Information

Upper Side of Spillway at Gatun Lake, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


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


A view of a spillway still under construction at 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: 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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accession number - 2013.2.185
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Full Text


21732-Upper Side of Spilway at Gatun ake Panama Cana
21732-Upper Side of Spillway at Gatun Lake. Panama Canal.

Near the central point in the Gatun Dam
is constructed a spillway or channel. This
channel will be used to carry off the surplus
water of the lake. It is apparent that the
surplus water of the great arti icial Gatun
Lake could not be allowed to flow over the
dam without providing a bed for its gradual
passage to the ocean. This channel is not
constructed as a trough above the level of
the land but is cut through a hill like tunnel
open at the top and is lined with cement.
The water is received at a height of ten feet

above sea-level and falls to sea-level after
traversing 1,2oo feet, or the length of the
channel. The width of the channel is 285
In this view is seen the circular barrier
between the lake and the channel. The
spectator is on the lake side. Steel frame-
work has been placed, and the concrete is
gradually being filled in. The crest of this
barrier or dam is, of course, lower than the
remaining portions of the Gatun Dam, being
16 feet below the normal lake level.

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone V iec C'ompany.

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