Photo of the Week
April 12, 2015

In continuing with aerial photos of the old Canal Zone, I found this one in my collection of Gorgas Hospital.  This undated 8 x 10 may have been a Panama Canal Graphics Branch photo but has no identification anywhere on the front or back. It is a really nice capture of most of the original hospital property that was built in 1915 to replace the original wood Ancon Hospital.  It was named Gorgas Hospital in 1928. Gorgas Hospital is located on Ancon Hill. It was managed by the U.S. Army for most of the 20th century but is now, in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties (1977), in Panamanian hands. Since October 1999, it has been home to the Instituto Oncologico Nacional, Panama's Ministry of Health, and its Supreme Court. Myself and many other Zonians were born at this hospital.  By zooming in on the automobiles, I think this photo was taken in the 1960s.  I don't know the date that the new addition was added to the property (building on the far left), but all the other buildings are the original hospital properties.

Long live our memories of our Canal Zone home.


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