Photo of the Week
July 24, 2016
Shown at the foot of the hill, is the old Gorgona Shops which was a very large operation during the American Construction of the Canal and just about took care of manufacturing, repair work on steam shovels/locomotives and maintenance of everything. These shops were the heartbeat of the lake area construction. These shops were moved to Balboa when the water began to rise when the Gatun Lake was flooded. The Chagres River can be seen to the left of the shops on this photo. All this area and the lower parts of the old town of Gorgona below the 85 foot above sea level were flooded. The bottom of the stairs to the lodge were just touching the water when I found them.
I wonder if those stairs and foundations are still there today? With all the widening and dumping may have destroyed them by now. I would like to see for myself in a future trip to Panama .... that is if people are still allowed to explore areas in the lake.
Gorgona Island is located across the Canal from where the old Gamboa Airstrip was located.
A good perspective set of then and now photos of the town of Gorgona and Gorgona Island are located on this page (click here) that I posted in May of 2003.
Below is a photo of the
Gorgona Shops which was probably taken from on the Masonic Lodge hill in
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