This presentation represents the
early days of Fort Davis, Canal Zone. Fort Davis was located on Gatun Lake near the Gatun
locks on the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal. It was first referred to as "Camp
Gatun" and was stablished in 1919 as a military reservation for the defense of the
Atlantic side of the Panama Canal. The reservation was named by General Order in honor of
Colonel William D. Davis, 361th Infantry. Ft. Davis initial construction program began in
1920 and provision were made for quarters and barracks for one regiment of Infantry. The
fort was home for the 14th Infantry. During several decades, it provided the army with a
training area for jungle warfare courses and special forces training. It had 4,075 acres
and the entire complex included 427 buildings by 1995. Fort Davis was transferred to the
Republic of Panama on September 1995.
This presentation is broken down
into different sections according to the different subject matter. The index to the
photos is located to the left. Just click the topic to view the particular photo
collection. There are photo collections of early Ft. Davis, Gatun Locks, Colon
Scenes, Aircraft, Warships and more of this period in the Panama Canal's history.
All these photos came from one photo album that was originally owned by P.F.C. Fred Floyd,
14th Infantry in Ft. Davis
The photos and images in this
presentation were contributed by Mr. Vicente Pascual. Vicente has a wonderful
collection of old photo albums that he has obtained through the years. There will be
more presentations coming in the near future.
These photos are the
property of Mr. Vicente Pascual. Any reproduction of these photos without Mr. Pascual's
permission is not authorized. These photos were provided by Mr. Pascual for the
entertainment of those visiting this site. Photos have been reformatted for the best
possible viewing. Some of these photos are very old and in poor condition. If you have any
questions for Mr. Pascual, you can contact him by clicking
Many thanks to George Chevalier for his expertise in identifying
certain photo's content. Also for his additional photos provided to this presentation in
the bonus section.