Photo of the Week
February 21, 2021

This week we continue with the Robert Bodle photo collection taken during the construction of the U.S. Canal in Panama.  

This week's photo is a photo of the lookout tree on top of Balboa Mountain.  They called it Balboa Mountain as this is the large hill that the Spanish Explore Balboa climbed and could see the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. From this vantage, the dream of an ocean to ocean canal was born. Cerro Balboa is about 2 miles behind Gorgona Island (former construction day town Gorgona) on the West side of the Canal.  They constructed this contraption to climb the tree for a better view.  I am not sure I would climb up it, but as you see in the Bodle photo above that Robert's wife Helen half way up the lookout.  

I found the photo below on the University of Florida Panama Canal Collection which was taken approximately the same year.  I don't know who the people are in that photo.

You can see Cerro Balboa in the two photos on this website at :  

Very interesting history.


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