Photo of the Week
April 26, 2015

Two weeks ago we had the aerial of Gorgas Hospital and this week we have another Canal Zone medical facility, Palo Seco.  I found these three photos in an old photo album that I have which are excellent aerials showing the grounds of the Palo Seco Hospital. Near Far Fan Beach and across the Canal from old Fort Amador.  Palo Seco Hospital opened in 1907, solely for the treatment of Hansen's Disease.  A 120 bed facility located at the Pacific end of the Panama Canal was one of three leprosaria under U.S. jurisdiction.  The black and white photo above was taken in 1962 while the middle color photo was taken five years later in 1967.  The bottom photo is a scan from a old post card by Dexter Press that was a fund raiser piece.  It reads on the back that "The sale of these post cards will go the hospital's "Recreation Fund".  

You can read a very good article by Luis R. Celerier about Palo Seco by clicking here.




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