Photo of the Week
May 3, 2015
When looking at Ancon Hill from Sosa Hill you could not imagine what
Ancon Hill looked like back in the Canal Construction Days. Well
here a really great photo of Ancon Hill and the Ancon Quarry when
tons of rock was being removed to be used in locks construction.
Huge Bucyrus steam shovels are working the terraces just like they did
in the Culebra Cut. Rock would be blasted and then removed to flat
cars and then to the crusher which is the big white superstructure in
the middle of the photo. Once crushed the gravel would be taken to
wherever it was needed. There are some area of Quarry Heights that
still has the exposed rock cliffs that were left when the quarry was abandoned.
The steam locomotives, rolling stock and shovels made their way up the
side of the hill with a series of switch-back terraces. Many of these
terraces were used later to build the roads going up to Quarry Heights
and Balboa Heights. Quarry Heights was built on the larger terrace/s.
This photo appears to be
taken from Little Sosa before the Balboa we knew was constructed.
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