Gatun Dam, Panama Canal


Material Information

Gatun Dam, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Dams--Design and construction   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Engineering   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A view of Gatun Dam and the remnants of its construction.
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 Florid
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accession number - 2013.2.191
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21729-Gatun Dam, Panama Canal.
The subject of this panorama is the Gatun The dam is about half a mile wide at its
Dam, a very small portion of which is visible base. 1The two outer sides of solid material
in the foreground. he Gatun Dam is a were filled in with a watertight hydraulic
large earth structure, nearly a nile and a core, composed of sand and earth sucked up
half in length; in fact, it is really a s il b}- dredges from the Chagres river-bed. The
mountain rijge which fills up the gap in the upper sid and top of the dam were thor-
hills lying along the Atlantic Cast at thi: roughly rip-rapped. About 21,000,000 cubic
point. Thus the lower end of the Chagres yards of material were necessary in the con-
Valley will be filled in and the Chagres struction of the dam.
River, with its tributaries, will be forced to The width of the dam tapers down to 400
form, a large lake, whose overflow outlet feet at the water surface and to 100 feet at
will be at the Gatun Spillway (see view its crest which is 20 feet above the lake
21761). level. The dam will be 105 feet high.
Copyright, 1913, by The Keystone View Company.

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