Photo of the Week
July 11, 2004 

I recently acquired a group of 5 x 7 inch photos that were taken by some one transiting the Panama Canal in the early 1920's. One of these photos fascinated me so much that I had to use it as a photo of the week.  This photo is taken in the Culebra Cut north of Pedro Miguel locks at the town of Paraiso.  This was home for the Dredging Division at this time.  As you can see some equipment is tied up to the shore.  There is an old small scale dipper dredge which may be one of the Elliott dredges that was instrumental in cleaning up the cut after the Canal opened.  The other barges are those left behind by the French and are still being used at this point.  It is interesting to see the two story buildings up above. This area would later be where the Paraiso Commissary and Service Center would be built.

What a grand old photo from our early Canal Zone days....   

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