Encountering Difficulties in the Way of Crevasses in the Embankment at Culebra Cut, Showing the Tendency of the Land to ...


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Encountering Difficulties in the Way of Crevasses in the Embankment at Culebra Cut, Showing the Tendency of the Land to Slide, Panama Canal
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Angrick, Bill ( donor )
Keystone View Company
Place of Publication:
Meadville, PA
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Subjects / Keywords:
Landslides   ( fast )
Panama--Panama Canal   ( fast )
Labor   ( fast )
Spatial Coverage:
Panama -- Central America -- Panama Canal Zone


A photo showing two workers as well as crevices developing in the land as it shifts in Culebra Cut.
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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University of Florida
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Panama Canal Museum Collection at the University of Florida
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21741--Encountering Difficulties in the Way of C passess in the Embankment at Culebra Cut,
Showing the Tendency of the land to Slide, Panama Canal.

Some 26 slides have already occurred
along the sides of Culebra Cut. Seventeen
of them have covered an acre or more in
space, and the largest has extended over
75 acres. This largest slide occurred to the
north of Contractor's Hill; we can get an
idea of it in view 21738. Altogether some
225 acres of soil have been moved in the
various slides.
The famous 47 acre Cucaracha slide (de-
scribed in views 21757 and 21743) belongs
to the kind caused by the slipping of a
lighter top-layer of dirt over a harder,

sloping surface. In the picture here dis-
played an impression of the composition of
the surface material is easily obtained. The
large crevasses in the soil in the foreground
forebodes more sliding at this point in the
future. The observer is near the crest of
the side-slope of the canal, the smoke in the
distance arising from an engine some dis-
tance below at the bottom of the canal. A
slide of this kind is glacial in its action, and
the only remedy seems to be to excavate to
an angle that will not allow any further
sliding of the surface soil.

Copyright 1913, by The Keystone View Company.


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