The Photo of the Week this week is a very rare one. Not the best
of condition, but significant to post as photo of the week. This
photo came from a photo album of mostly Third Locks construction photos
in Gatun and Margarita. CZ Images contributor Raymond Macht sent
this photo in and is part of a photo album he came across. I will post some of them in the
future. This photo is of the Camp Coiner Fire Station in
1942. The reason that this photo was amongst those of the Third
Locks photos is because the main offices of the Construction District of
the Panama Engineer Division was located in Camp Coiner. See the
excerpt from Wikipedia below.
was adjacent to
, just across
. It was originally known as
, but acquired its name in 1942 when it was occupied by the main offices
of the Construction District of the Panama Engineer Division. The name
was in honor of Lt. Col. Richard T. Coiner, Corps of Engineers, who died
in August 1933 while serving as Department Engineer in the Canal Zone.
In 1945, at the end of the Second World War, the U.S. Army transferred
to the Canal Zone and the area became
’s second suburb. The Army buildings were replaced with more suitable
buildings, including the first “experimental housing” for local rate
City was later named Rainbow City.
piece of lost Canal Zone history in an image.
Between the Panama Canal Society Reunion (which I was coordinator for)
and family / friends visiting afterward, I didn't get the opportunity to
post a photo last week.