Bill, Barbara (Erikson) Adamson here, my sister was Linda. I graduated from CHS in 61, really Coco Solo, Colon born and raised in Cristobal and Margarita.
Hi my name is Silvia
My name is mike Cassaday, BHS 62. I lived in quarters 22 on Fort Amador from 1959 to 62. I used to enjoy sneaking into the military installation and gun batteries on Naos island. Much of the WW II equipment was still in place within the concrete underground passages at that time.
On my recent trip to Panama over the 2005 Christmas holidays I re-visited Naos only to find a time share condo going up in my old stomping grounds.
The enclosed pictures represent the destruction of the gun battery closest to the mainland. Sad loss of history. You may use these photos as you see fit without credit to me. They may be of future interest to someone who asks what happened to this fortification.
Thank you for an excellent web site.
Not sure if this subject is right for your guest book.
I really have enjoyed your website...and I’m only about half way through. I grew up in the Canal Zone...born in Panama in 1945 and lived at the Canal Zone Penitentiary outside Gamboa for fifteen of my eighteen years down there. (My family lived at the prison from 1945 to 1948 when my Dad made Sergeant and we moved to Cristobal for three years. We moved back to the penitentiary in 1951 when he was promoted to Lieutenant. He later was promoted to Captain and was the Warden until he retired in 1965. After graduating from BHS in 1963, I left to attend college in the United States, but visited at Christmas.)
Because I spent most of my early years there and because of my Dad, my interest is in the Canal Zone Penitentiary (regretfully I don’t have any photos from those days) and the Canal Zone Police. I searched your website and found everything that the search engine brought up under those two topics...I’m very interested in anything you might add in the future and will keep looking. Interestingly your site had a photo of my Dad with the inmate Santa Claus delivering toys to the the orphans in Panama...an amazing find for me! As you probably know, inmates would volunteer to work on toys in the prison shops during the weekends and as Christmas approached they would elect an inmate Santa Claus, a much coveted position. When the time came, the toys would be loaded into the prison trucks along with a great deal of fruit from the penitentiary farms and delivered to the orphanages in the interior of Panama by the inmate Santa and his inmate helpers (supervised by CZP officers).
As a side note, I think I recognized the eighth picture in the series titled “The Men - Rest and Play” under “Gus Steigler's days in Panama” as a CZ Police station...the lower floor looks familiar, but there could have been similar buildings to the police stations throughout the Canal Zone.