Installing 2500 H. P. Turbines at Gatun Lake Spillway, Panama Canal


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Installing 2500 H. P. Turbines at Gatun Lake Spillway, Panama Canal
Physical Description:
Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
Copyright Date:


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


Two laborers working to install turbines to produce electricity in the Gatun Lake 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: Source 2:
Gifted on behalf of William P. and Barbara L. Angrick

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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florid
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accession number - 2013.2.195
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21735-Installing 2500 H. P. Turbines at Gatun Lake Spillway, Panama Canal.

On the right side of the view, directly back
of the two men, is seen a turbine in c:aurse
of construction. The turbines wili be three
in number, one at the end of each of the
three- penstocks, each to be operated by
water brought thru the penstocks, or water
conduits, from the forebay. From the tur-
bines the water will be discharged into the
spillway channel thru openings in the chan-
nel walls. These turbines will form part of
a large hydro-electric plant to be used to
generate all the power needed in operating
the lock. machinery throughout the canal

zone, as well as the machine shops, the dry
dock and coal-handling plant. The plant will
also furnish electric lighting for the locks,
zone towns, and perhaps electric power for
the Panama Railroad.
There are to be three 2,ooo kilowat gen-
erators, two of which are to be in active
service while one is to be kept as a reserve.
At present there is a 6,o00 horsepower plant
in operation at Miraflores. It is an oil-burn-
ing steam plant and will be held in reserve
in case of accident at the Gatun plant.

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.

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