I've been bitten by the genealogy bug, and through a "Google Search" I came to your absolutely wonderful site (even if it does not include genealogy)!! My grandfather, Benson E. Lee, worked the Canal Zone as Car Builder/Carpenter and Inspector 1908 - 1920. He married grandmother, Ana Teresa Angulo at the Cathedral of St. Luke, Ancon, 1912. She was the daughter of Jose Maria & Theresa (Paredes) Angulo. Five of their 10 children were born in Ancon. I have a number of old Panama pictures I'd love to share, but do not have a scanner...what do you suggest? HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Betty Lee Marker in Washington State
Bill, your page sure has changed since the last time I looked. IT IS THE GREATEST!! Thank God there is someone like yourself to post these wonderful photos and notes, before they could be lost to us all. Was at Fort Sherman from 1951 to 53 with the 370th Engineer Amphibious Support Regiment. In short: THANKS!! Herb
I worked The Panama Canal Mechanical Division from 1942-44 Navy 1947-1953. 1949 to 1953 with The Locks Division. In 1942 worked on SIP 7.Gatun and 1943 SIP7 Pedro Miguel were I got flooded out of the tunnel and almost got shot by a Army Guard at 12 Midnight going back to the machinery room. Fell off the scaffold repacking the SIP 7 Jack on West side. Had other scary things at locks. I enjoy These pictures very much and the other information . Hope to be there on Feb. 25th on The Horizon in Colon. About 200 Canal employees will be on the ship. Some will tour on 2 buses. I have about 200 color slides of The Canal 90 of which I sent to The Panama Museum. Thanks again , Jim Wich
Canal Zone Police Officer, 1969 to 1978
Great site. I am trying to get information on CZ FDC's. If anyone can help me with some basic info please contact me.
Excellent webpage. Our interest in Panama is that we have two diaries that describe travel across it. One in 1851 returning from the California gold rush. The other is of a U.S. Navy expedition in 1857-58 that was to search for a route for a canal. We would like to locate information about this 1857-58 expedition. Thank you. Jack Fletcher
I spent the first six or seven years of my life in Panama. I ache to go back and visit someday. For now, just visiting your website gives me great relief.
Great, love it.
I am very glad to see someone who has lived in this country has such beautiful memories. Yo soy Panameño y he aprendido mucho de la cultura norteamericana. Y me complace mucho, que Usted haya hecho tan hermosa recopilación. Las recopilciones que hizo del arco chato son hermosísimas. Muchas Gracias. I will be glad to see a real Panama Canal Museum near in the future. Roberto
In the Zone from 1964 to 1968.
i was born in the canal zone, my father was with the police department for 30 years, i had lots of family there Gilbert & Urey; the saddest day in my life was when i left to go to the maritime school at texas a&m, i always hoped the happiest day would be when i could returned as a pilot; thanks to jimmy carter my life took another direction, i miss the days growing up in the cz, thanks for the wonderful photos i enjoy this site when things are not going right the memories keep me going, thank you again
I left the canal zone 1980 my childhood in the zone were the best years of my life. These pictures have brought back lots of memories for me. I have not been back to Panama since moving to England in 1980 - these photos have given me a real urge to go back home........ Thanks