Photo of the Week
July 10, 2005
Another very historical photo for the Photo of
the Week this week. The above photo shows a group of structures
that were built in the early 1940's that would serve as a Aggregate
gravel processing plant. There was another plant just like it
built at Miraflores for the Third Locks Project. The one shown
above was built along the Chagres River in the Gamboa area by Nevada
Constructors, Inc. It is believed that the Gamboa Plant would
process Aggregate for the Gatun Third Locks project. Neither the
Gamboa or Miraflores processing plants started operations after the
start of World War Two when the entire Third Locks project was
stopped. The plants were later disassembled and sold.
The most interesting thing about the Gamboa plant
(above) was that it was located just up river from the Gamboa Golf and
Country Club we all knew. I have blown up and extracted an area of
the photo (shown in a yellow frame) so you can see the future Gamboa
Golf Club area and buildings (see below). I have added titles for
I have been pulling my hair out wondering what
this photo showed and finally discovered where the photo was taken when
showing the photo to an old Gamboa resident Ed Sykes today. I then
expanded the background of the photo with historian Kibby Bouche.
While living in Gamboa, we used to go down the
road that lead to this old plant to target shoot at a rifle range built
in the ruins of the plant. We always wondered what was there in
the past that created all the cement foundations and footers.
Well, know we know.
This photo is part of the John W. Siebert, Jr.
collection that I had the privilege to scan. Our Canal Zone
history is never ending!!!
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