Photo of the Week
August 28, 2011

great photo from the Fred and Lilian Ramsey collection that was sent to me by Richard Crowe who is Fred Ramsey's Great Nephew. 

This week's photos are from a portion of the photo album called "Panama Excursions".  This photo is priceless as it shows the "Washer Women" doing laundry in a river next to the old town of Gatun.  They all seemed to get a kick out of getting their photo taken that day.  The railroad trestle must the main bridge for the Panama Railroad the crosses over this part of the Chagres River.  The old town of Gatun was built on the bank of the Chagres.  You can see in the distance the old church in Gatun.  The old town of Gatun was moved during the American construction to an area where new Gatun is today.  This area in the photo is now under tons of rock and dirt fill that makes up the Gatun Dam that holds back Gatun Lake.  Doubt that these folks would ever imagine what their home town would end up being in just a few years.

As always...super great photos and capture in time.

Many more great photos coming in the weeks ahead.

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