Photo of the Week
January 13, 2008
What a valuable and classic photo for this week. I was
recently lucky enough to acquire this old 1912 photo post card. I
have never seen another like it, so I am assuming that the photo was
taken by a private individual and had it printed on a post card.
The post card has written on it "Constructing range light for Gatun
Locks - 1912". This isn't the light house within Gatun Locks, but
could be the one that is on Light House Road in the town of Gatun.
I don't have a modern photo for comparison.
I have always wondered how they constructed these majestic old range and
light houses along the Panama Canal. Well, there wasn't any
high-rise construction cranes available back then, so everything
was hoisted up, piece by piece. Amazing work that these Canal
Construction workers did!
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